Resources

Commit
Form

Standard Commitment Letter

Complete and submit the standard letter to commit to setting a science-based target, or to have your existing targets independently verified.

SMEs should complete the SME target-setting letter instead.

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Guidance Form

Business Ambition for 1.5°C Commitment Letter

Visionary business leaders are committing to set a net-zero science-based target in line with 1.5°C.

Sign this letter instead of the Standard Commitment Letter to commit to setting the most ambitious science-based targets.

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Guidance Form

SME Target Setting Letter

SMEs use a streamlined process to set targets in line with climate science. Commit and select your targets by completing and submitting the SME Target Setting Letter.

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Guidance

Call to Action Guidelines

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

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Guidance

Protocol to Manage Expired Commitments

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Develop
Guidance

Call to Action Guidelines

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

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Guidance

SBTi Criteria

This is the latest version (4.1) of the criteria companies' targets must meet in order to be approved as science-based by the SBTi.

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Guidance

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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Guidance

SBTi Manual

An overview of methods for target setting, helping you to consider all scopes and covering the main phases in setting an science-based target (SBT), from understanding the business benefits to communicating progress.

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Spanish (ES) 1.3 MB Download
Guidance Tool

Target Setting tool

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

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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.

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.

Submit
Form

Target Submission Form

The official SBTi science-based target submission submission form, to be completed and submitted to begin the target validation process. We encourage companies to review the submission form while in the target development stage.

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Guidance Form

SME Target Setting Letter

SMEs use a streamlined process to set targets in line with climate science. Commit and select your targets by completing and submitting the SME Target Setting Letter.

English 923.1 KB Download
Guidance

Call to Action Guidelines

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

English 414.4 KB Download
Spanish (ES) 531.0 KB Download
Guidance

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.

English 948.0 KB Download
Guidance

SBTi Criteria

This is the latest version (4.1) of the criteria companies' targets must meet in order to be approved as science-based by the SBTi.

English 349.0 KB Download
Spanish (ES) 376.9 KB Download
External Resource Guidance

CDP Technical Note on Science Based Targets

This technical note provides guidance on correctly reporting science-based targets in your annual CDP climate change disclosure.

Guidance

SBTi Manual

An overview of methods for target setting, helping you to consider all scopes and covering the main phases in setting an science-based target (SBT), from understanding the business benefits to communicating progress.

English 966.5 KB Download
Spanish (ES) 1.3 MB Download
Learn
Guidance

SBTi Manual

An overview of methods for target setting, helping you to consider all scopes and covering the main phases in setting an science-based target (SBT), from understanding the business benefits to communicating progress.

English 966.5 KB Download
Spanish (ES) 1.3 MB Download
Report

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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Report Paper

Foundations for Net-Zero Target Setting in the Corporate Sector

We’ve 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 new paper lays out the conceptual foundations for credible, science-based net-zero targets for the corporate sector.

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Guidance

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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Guidance

Practical Guide: Define carbon objectives in line with scientific knowledge (French)

GUIDE PRATIQUE POUR LA DÉFINITION D’OBJECTIFS CARBONE ALIGNÉS SUR LES CONNAISSANCES SCIENTIFIQUES

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Background
Report Paper

Foundations for Net-Zero Target Setting in the Corporate Sector

We’ve 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 new paper lays out the conceptual foundations for credible, science-based net-zero targets for the corporate sector.

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Japanese (JA) 3.6 MB Download
Paper

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

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.

English 2.9 MB Download
Guidance

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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Spanish (ES) 1.2 MB Download
Paper

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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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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Report

Mind the Science

What science says business needs to do to tackle climate change.

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Report

Sectoral Decarbonization Approach Report

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

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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.

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.

External Resource Guidance

Greenhouse Gas Starter Assessment

A no-cost starter assessment to help you understand your suppliers’ greenhouse gas measurement, disclosure, and reduction efforts.

Paper

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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