Guidance Tool

SBTi Getting Started Guide

A quick, simple, step-by-step flow chart that allows companies to understand how to set near-term and net-zero science-based targets for their specific situation.

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SBTi Corporate Manual

Your detailed step-by-step guide to the process of setting a science-based target through the SBTi.

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SBTi Criteria

This is the latest version (5.1) of the criteria companies' targets must meet in order to be approved as science-based by the SBTi.

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Guidance Tool

Target Setting tool

Use the SBTi target setting tool to model targets in line with SBTi approved criteria and methods.

The Science-Based Target Setting Tool includes 1.5°C SDA pathways and will continue to be updated as more 1.5°C SDA pathways become available. The current tool also provides updated scope 3 target setting methods (absolute contraction, physical intensity, and economic intensity).


Modified Financial Institutions Target Setting Tool

This tool is a modification of the corporate target-setting tool intended only for use by financial institutions, to be applied to sector-level components of financial institutions’ portfolios. This version of the tool is to be used for modelling targets with well-below 2°C ambition, and includes the following sector-specific pathways: Power, Iron & Steel, Cement, Aluminium, Pulp & Paper.


Target Validation Application Checklist for SMEs

The checklist was designed to provide SMEs and consultancies submitting targets to the SBTi with a quick reference to understand if they are ready to present a full SME submission form to the SBTi for target validation.

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SBTi Corporate Net-Zero Standard

The SBTi’s Corporate Net-Zero Standard (also referred to as the Net-Zero Standard) provides guidance, criteria, and recommendations to support corporates in setting net-zero targets through the SBTi.

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SBTi Corporate Net-Zero Standard Criteria

The Net-Zero Standard Criteria include all criteria that must be met for net-zero target(s) to be validated by the SBTi. This document also includes recommendations which are important for transparency and best practice but are not required.

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Net-Zero Tool

Target-setting tool to calculate long-term SBTs in line with the Net-Zero Standard.

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Supplier Engagement Guidance

The SBTi's Guidance to support companies to engage their supply chains to set science-based targets.

External Resource Guidance

Greenhouse Gas Protocol

The SBTi requires corporate inventory reporting in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The corporate standard provides information on how to report corporate GHG emissions. The scope 3 standard provides details about scope 3 reporting.


Target Validation Protocol

Your guide to the target validation process. To be used in conjunction with other key resources, the target validation protocol walks you through the target setting process, how your target will be assessed and sector-specific requirement.

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External Resource Tool

Scope 3 Evaluator Tool

This scope 3 evaluator tool is commonly used by companies to perform scope 3 screenings, a necessary step in preparing to set science-based targets.

Sector Guidance

Setting 1.5C-aligned science-based targets: Quick start guide for electric utilities

Guidance to support electric utilities companies setting 1.5C-aligned science-based targets. This guidance covers all electric utilities that generate power.

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Sector Guidance

Guidance for ICT Companies Setting Science-based Targets

Guidance for information and communication technology (ICTs) companies to set science-based targets for greenhouse gases (GHGs) according to a set of new decarbonization pathways.

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Sector Guidance

Guidance for Apparel and Footwear Companies Setting Science-based Targets

This guidance supports companies across the apparel and footwear value chain to set science-based targets. It provides case studies on best practices in target setting and strategies for achieving emissions reductions. The guidance applies to retailers, brands, finished goods manufacturers, mills, etc. that are primarily engaged in activities that contribute to the production and sale of apparel and footwear products.

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Sector Guidance Tool

Target Setting Tool for the Transport Sector

Transport companies can set targets using the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)’s Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (SDA) Transport tool: a technical resource to model science-based targets for direct and indirect transport emissions. The tool is focused on the passenger, freight and OEM sectors and provides greenhouse gas emissions accounting guidance and best practices for science-based target setting.

Sector Guidance Tool

Framework for Financial Institutions to Set Science-based Targets

The Science Based Targets initiative’s new framework allows financial institutions – including banks, investors, insurance companies, pension funds and others – to set science-based targets to align their lending and investment activities with the Paris Agreement.

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Report Sector Guidance

Sectoral Decarbonization Approach Report

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

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Sector Guidance Guidance Tool

SBTi Tool How-To Video - Transport

An instructional video that explains how to use the SBTi target setting tool. Please see transport-specific videos for the two available transport target setting tools instead.

Sector Guidance

Forest, land and agriculture science based target-setting guidance

The SBTi’s FLAG Guidance provides the world’s first standard method for companies in land-intensive sectors to set science-based targets that include land-based emission reductions and removals.

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Forest, land and agriculture target-setting tool

This tool is intended to enable companies in the forest, land and agriculture sector to develop appropriate science-based emissions reductions targets, as well as to assist companies and interested third parties in assessing and evaluating companies' targets.

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Sector Guidance Guidance

Forest, Land and Agriculture Getting Started Guide

Support to determine the submission if your company is required to submit FLAG science-based targets.

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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