SBTi / Target Setting

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Build your company’s decarbonization roadmap by setting a science-based emissions reduction target and developing an emissions reduction plan.

The Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) provides a standardized methodology for companies to set Scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas reduction targets that are in line with the latest climate science. Validating science-based targets with the SBTi helps companies to establish targets that are sufficiently ambitious, impactful, and credible. In joining SBTi, companies become part of a global partnership that is leading the way to drive ambitious climate action in the private sector.

The SBTi’s main criteria for developing an emissions reduction target including the following:

  • Boundary – must include Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

  • Timeframe – targets should cover a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 10 years.

  • Level of ambition – Scope 1 and Scope 2 targets must be aligned with a 1.5 degree decarbonization pathway.

  • Scope 3 inclusion – if a company’s Scope 3 emissions are greater than 40% of total emissions then a Scope 3 target is required.

  • Review – targets must be reviewed and, if necessary, recalculated and revalidated, at a minimum every 5 years.

What is a science-based target? 

Science-based targets are in line with what climate science deems necessary to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. 

Who validates science-based targets?

Science-based targets are validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). The SBTi began as partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). In 2023, SBTi de-merged from its partners and became a standalone organization. 

  • Support with SBTi application and target validation, including application preparation and ongoing support during SBTi validation process
  • Customized emissions reduction plan with near-term and long-term targets

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