Set Science-Based Emission Reduction Targets

The Science Based Targets initiative provides companies with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Many companies are already demonstrating they have the skills, expertise and ingenuity to make this a reality — but need ambitious emissions reduction targets that ensure the transformational action they take is aligned with current climate science.

Science-based target setting will become standard business practice, and corporations will play a major role in driving down global greenhouse gas emissions and in supporting the implementation of country commitments.

How to set a Science-Based Target

Step 1: Submit the commitment letter
Signing the commitment letter indicates that your company will work to set a science-based emission reduction target. If your company already has an emissions reduction target, the letter confirms your interest in having your existing target independently verified against a set of criteria developed by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Step 2: Develop a target
Once your company commits to setting Science-Based Targets it has up to 24 months to develop a science-based absolute emissions or an absolute emissions intensity reduction target with support from a technical working group.

Step 3: Submit your target for validation
The Science Based Targets team will then verify the target against the SBTi criteria and inform you whether the target has been formally approved or if it needs additional work.

Step 4: Announce the target
If the target meets the criteria your company will be showcased on the Science Based Targets website and in other communications and you will be able to use our logo on your website and communications.

The Science Based Targets

The Science Based Targets initiative provides free guidance documents, webinars and other resources such as science-based target setting tools. To learn more about how to set a science-based target, visit

The Science Based Targets initiative is a collaboration between the United Nations Global Compact, CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.Join other companies in committing to align your corporate voluntary greenhouse gas reduction targets with climate science.

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