Foundations of Science-based Target Setting

The SBTi’s framework for developing target-setting methods that are in line with science and for evaluating emissions scenarios associated with these methods. In the spirit of transparency and recognizing the value of sharing a full description of the SBTi’s approach.

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Report Paper

Foundations for Net-Zero Target Setting in the Corporate Sector

We launched a process to develop the first science-based global standard for corporate net-zero targets, to ensure that companies’ net-zero targets translate into action that is consistent with achieving a net-zero world by no later than 2050.

Our paper lays out the conceptual foundations for credible, science-based net-zero targets for the corporate sector.

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Understand the methods for science-based climate action

To drive ambitious corporate climate action and reduce global emissions, methods for science-based targets must constantly evolve based on science and best practice.

Read our blog to learn more about the SBTi's work, methodologies and values.


Pathways to Net-Zero

SBTi’s Technical Summary that provides more information on pathways used by the SBTi.

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Sector Development Framework

The Science Based Targets Initiative invites interested stakeholders to contribute to the development of new sector pathways. This framework describes how organizations can contribute to the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (SDA) expansion process.

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Sectoral Decarbonization Approach Report

A method for setting corporate emission reduction targets in line with climate science.

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Value Change in the Value Chain: Best practices in scope 3 greenhouse gas management

To support the growing number of companies committed to address the climate impact of their value chains, this guidance document summarizes the latest best practices in reducing scope 3 GHG emissions by describing different emissions reduction levers companies can employ. This guidance was developed by the Science Based Targets initiative, Navigant and the Gold Standard.

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Discussion Paper

Discussion Paper: Towards a science-based approach to climate neutrality in the corporate sector

A discussion paper deconstructing the various approaches to climate neutrality in the corporate sector, and proposing a set of principles to ensure that climate neutrality goals by companies mitigate both, societal and transition climate-related risks.

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SBTi Progress Report 2020 | Five years of progress: A decade of ambition ahead

The second SBTi progress report coincides with the fifth anniversary of the initiative and of the 2015 Paris Agreement, and shows how companies are cutting emissions at scale with science-based targets.

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SBTi Progress Report 2019 | Raising the Bar: Exploring the Science Based Target initiative’s progress in driving ambitious climate action

The first-ever assessment of the SBTi’s impact since its launch in 2015, exploring the private sector’s uptake of science-based targets through analysis and case studies.

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Memorandum: Understanding and Addressing the Barriers for Aluminum Companies to Set Science-Based Targets

In 2019, the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) launched a project to lay a foundation for the development of tools and guidance to enable aluminium sector companies to set SBTs. Read our memorandum.

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SBTi Chemicals Sector Scoping Report: Barriers, Challenges, and Opportunities for Chemical Companies to Set Science-Based Targets

This document presents the results of the Science Based Targets initiative’s chemicals sector scoping project with considerations for further target-setting method development. To summarize existing resources and support further work, the document provides an overview of current chemical company science-based targets, a proposed sector boundary for company activities, results of a stakeholder survey, and considerations for further research.

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In 2017, we became the first company globally to set new, science-based targets in line with the 1.5 degree trajectory recommended in the Paris Climate Accord. Jason Tarry Tesco UK and ROI CEO