OPB recognizes that climate change presents a major threat to long-term growth and prosperity, and that there is an urgent need to accelerate the transition towards an economy with net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
We recognize that a transition to a net-zero economy will involve a major transformation of sectors and industries. We encourage all companies and stakeholders to facilitate a just transition that does not leave workers or communities behind. We also support a transition to a net-zero economy informed by Indigenous perspectives, that supports Indigenous economic opportunities, and encourages business practices that align with the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
As the Canadian Investor Statement also points out, the risks and impacts of climate change on specific markets, regions, communities, and investments are complex, dynamic, and uncertain. The value of financial assets could be impacted by the physical effects of climate change (known as physical risks) and by an adjustment toward a net-zero economy (known as transition risks). There will also be investment opportunities as the world transitions and develops climate solutions.
That is why large pension plans such as OPB and investment managers, including Investment Management Corporatin of Ontario (IMCO) (also a signatory to the Statement on Climate Change), support robust climate-related financial disclosures, emission reduction targets, and business activities aligned with a just transition and the ambition of net-zero by 2050 or sooner.
- IMCO has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner and has developed a robust Climate Strategy and Climate Action Plan to help it reach net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 or sooner.
- As part of this commitment, IMCO has set an interim target to reduce its portfolios carbon emissions intensity by 50 per cent by 2030 from a 2019 baseline.
- On behalf of its clients, including OPB, IMCO is currently completing its emissions baseline, which it expects to publish by mid-2022.
- IMCO has committed to implementing mandatory climate risk disclosure requirements aligned with the TCFD recommendations, ensuring comprehensive disclosures that are consistent and comparable.
- IMCO has signed onto the Paris Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII) and has committed to setting targets for reducing emissions and increasing investment in climate solutions, consistent with the 1.5°C temperature goal of the Paris Agreement.
IMCO announces interim climate targets to reduce portfolio emissions
Last November, OPB’s investment manager, the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) committed to reaching “net-zero” portfolio emissions on behalf of OPB and IMCO’s other clients by the year 2050 or sooner.Read More IMCO announces interim climate targets to reduce portfolio emissions
2022 Year-in-Review and Annual Report now available online
See the funded status and rate of return and insights and other highlights from our 2022 Annual Report.Read More 2022 Year-in-Review and Annual Report now available online
Ontario Pension Board (OPB) named founding signatory to the Canadian Investor Statement on Climate Change
The Responsible Investing Association (RIA) of Canada announced that OPB was among the founding signatories to the Canadian Investor Statement on Climate Change.Read More Ontario Pension Board (OPB) named founding signatory to the Canadian Investor Statement on Climate Change