The Science Based Targets initiative is developing decarbonization pathways for companies in the transport sector. Decarbonization pathways will be developed for land, air and maritime transportation.

The project will deliver decarbonization pathways, technical papers and a guidance document. The aim of this project is to develop tools and guidance that a broad range of companies operating in the transport and logistics sector can use in the modeling of emission reduction targets consistent with the long-term temperature goals adopted in the Paris Agreement.

The project covers the refinement of scope 1 and 2 emissions trajectories per transport mode (when available). In addition, the project covers the refinement of the method and approach to derive scope 3 emissions targets for the use of sold products, applicable to car manufacturers and OEMs that have most of their emissions in this category of scope 3.

This development started in April 2017 and will conclude in December 2017. The public consultation process on the methodological choices is now closed. The next consultation phase will commence after COP 23 when a first draft of the online tool is available for beta-testing.

This sector development process does not preclude companies in the transport sector, or companies with large logistics footprints from submitting targets for validation by the Science Based Targets initiative. Companies may use the existing transport sector pathways in the SDA or the Linear Decarbonization Approach to develop targets in the interim period. Road vehicle manufacturers will unfortunately only be able to develop science-based scope 3 targets once the sector development project is completed and thus cannot set targets until the process is completed.

Fernando Rangel, Senior Technical Manager, Science Based Targets Initiative, [email protected]

Paola Delgado, Research Manager, Science Based Targets Initiative, [email protected]


Download a summary about the transport sector pathway development


Aug 2017

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Download presentations and consultation handout from first stakeholder consultation 


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