Ambitious corporate climate action

Lead the way to a zero-carbon economy, boost innovation and drive sustainable growth by setting ambitious, science-based emissions reduction targets

Science-based targets show companies how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

Why take action?

Through the 2015 Paris Agreement, world governments committed to curbing global temperature rise to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that global warming must not exceed 1.5°C to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

To achieve this, GHG emissions must halve by 2030 – and drop to net-zero by 2050. We have limited time for action and the private sector has a crucial role to play – every sector in every market must transform.

Join the companies taking action

We need a race to the top, led by pioneering companies. This will empower peers, suppliers and customers to follow suit and drive governments to take bolder action.

The change has already begun and action is gaining pace. Over a thousand companies worldwide are leading the zero-carbon transition by setting emissions reduction targets grounded in climate science through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Hundreds of them have raised their ambition by committing to Business Ambition for 1.5°C.

520 with science-based targets
1074 companies taking action
341 ambitions for 1.5°C

How?

The SBTi defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting. Offering a range of target-setting resources and guidance, the SBTi independently assesses and approves companies’ targets in line with its strict criteria.

Companies report that adopting a science-based target:

  • Boosts profitability
  • Improves investor confidence
  • Drives innovation
  • Reduces regulatory uncertainty
  • Strengthens brand reputation

Companies committed to the Science Based Targets initiative are demonstrating that creating a climate-secure world goes hand-in-hand with successful business operations.

The science is clear and urgent action is vital. Setting science-based targets helps mitigate our climate change risks, ensuring our business is resilient and responsive in an ever-evolving regulatory and business environment. Ellen Jackowski Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer, HP Inc.

Join the world’s biggest companies by cutting your GHG emissions

Commit Submit a letter establishing your intent to set a science-based target
Develop Work on an emissions reduction target in line with the SBTi’s criteria
Submit Present your target to the SBTi for official validation
Communicate Announce your target and inform your stakeholders
Disclose Report company-wide emissions and progress against targets on an annual basis