How to Set Science-Based Targets

  • Overview

    Are you thinking about setting a science-based target for your company to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

    The UN Global Compact Academy together with the Science-Based Targets initiative, are hosting two sessions to cover the same set of topics, but with a different set of expert contributors. Please select the session most convenient for you:

    Science-based targets provide businesses with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their emissions. In this session, experts from the Science-Based Targets initiative will help participants understand how to set their company’s target. We will also hear from the private sector on why setting science-based targets is good for business.  

    During this interactive session we will provide concrete answers to:    

    • What is a science-based target?

    • How to prepare to setting a science-based target: demo of a tool and the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (SDA)

    • What is and how to use the criteria set by the Science-Based Targets initiative?

    • What are corporate leaders saying about their targets?

    • What’s next after making the commitment to the Science-Based Targets initiative?

    About the Science-Based Targets initiative

    The Science-Based Targets initiative mobilizes companies to set science-based targets and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.