If the planet had a seat at the boardroom table, what limits would it set for how much carbon was too much for the world to handle?
Science-based targets give the planet that voice. The targets are a set of goals developed by a business to provide it with a clear route to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They help businesses look ahead and work out how to pull their weight when it comes to emissions reduction.
In order to scale-up the number of businesses adopting science-based targets the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) was set-up, led by the CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute and WWF.
Around 189 countries signed up to the Paris Agreement, which aims to keep the global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees centigrade. The SBTi allows businesses to demonstrate that their subsequent targets are in line with the Agreement and latest climate science – with over 1,000 organisations signed up to date.
Five things you need to know about science based targets
They provide validation for your decarbonisation ambitions.
There are specific steps to getting involved.
You must have a solid base.
One size doesn’t fit all.
Science-based targets for nature are also in development.
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