Climate Change

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges faced by society and businesses today. As a global pension plan, we are committed to leveraging our scale and influence to help our portfolio companies and the world around us transition to a low-carbon future.

While the transition to a low-carbon economy presents many challenges, it also reveals opportunities to earn the returns we need to pay our members’ pensions while benefiting society and the environment.

Our Commitment to Achieve Net-zero Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 2050

“The actions we take now will be a defining feature of the resiliency of our business and the value we create over time for our members, partners and communities where we operate and invest.” Jo Taylor, President and CEO

Becoming net zero aligns with our mission to deliver secure pensions and purpose to shape a better future.

As an active, engaged investor, we play a critical role in catalyzing change in the world. We've set industry-leading targets to reduce portfolio carbon emissions intensity by 45% by 2025 and two-thirds (67%) by 2030, compared to our 2019 baseline. These targets impact all our real assets, private natural resources, equity and corporate credit holdings across public and private markets, including external managers.

View our Net-zero plan (PDF)

This commitment builds on our broader efforts to better understand and manage climate change by:

  • Evolving our expertise and growing our investments in climate solutions
  • Integrating climate change considerations in every investment
  • Engaging with portfolio companies to manage their emissions and align to net zero
  • Supporting global efforts toward a net-zero future

Learn more

Our climate change journey spans over a decade. Take a look at our climate-related milestones (PDF).

Read Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about climate change at Ontario Teachers’

2019 Climate Change Report

Read about how Ontario Teachers' is actively managing the risks and opportunities of climate change.

Download report (PDF)