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BMO joins the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials

January 29, 2021 | Purpose, Sustainability

BMO has joined the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF).

PCAF is a global partnership of financial institutions that work together to develop and implement a harmonized approach to assess and disclose the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with their loans and investments. In November 2020, PCAF published the Global GHG Accounting and Reporting Standard for the Financial Industry. With more than 95 banks and investors from five continents, the industry-led initiative is rapidly expanding in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

“Joining the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials supports BMO’s leadership position on climate-related risk and opportunity,” said Michael Torrance, Chief Sustainability Officer, BMO. “By joining we are supporting the development of leading methodologies to track and report financed emissions which will inform our risk assessment and climate strategy going forward.”

BMO continues to make significant progress on its Purpose commitments to double the good for a sustainable future, thriving economy and inclusive society. In 2019 BMO committed to mobilizing $400 billion in sustainable finance by 2025, including lending, underwriting and investing $150 billion in companies pursuing sustainable outcomes, and aligning $250 billion in client investments to sustainable objectives. By 2020 the bank had achieved 71 per cent of its $150 billion target and surpassed its $250 billion target.

BMO is a strong supporter of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and has been working to implement the TCFD’s recommendations and develop programs, approaches and disclosures that align with the TCFD framework. By joining PCAF and committing to measure and disclose the GHG emissions associated with its portfolio of loans and investments using PCAF methodologies, BMO is advancing its approach to climate-related risk and opportunity, playing its part to advance the ambition for a net zero world.

“PCAF is very pleased that BMO has joined over 95 financial institutions globally that are committed to measuring and disclosing the emissions of their portfolios to support meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement,” said Chris Snyder, North America Lead of the PCAF Secretariat. “BMO continues to show environmental leadership towards a low carbon future through its collaboration with PCAF.”

BMO’s leadership on sustainability has been recognized on numerous rankings, including:

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