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

Detailed step-by-step guide in the SBTi Call to Action process, from committing to having an approved target announced.

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Guidance

Protocol to Manage Expired Commitments

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Guidance

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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Develop
Guidance Tool

SBTi How-To Guide

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

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Guidance

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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Guidance

SBTi Criteria

This is the latest version (4.2) of the criteria companies' targets must meet in order to be approved as science-based by the SBTi.

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English 477.2 KB Download
Portuguese 550.2 KB Download
Guidance Tool

Target Setting tool

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

Science-based Target Setting Tool (version 1.2.1, replaces version 1.2): This version of the integrated target-setting tool for companies includes a 1.5°C aligned pathway for Power sector companies to model generation related emissions. This tool applies the Absolute Contraction Approach and the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (converging to 2050) with updated temperature pathways, and a sheet to calculate targets aligned with our scope 3 criteria. Companies will be required to use this version after January 1st 2021.

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

Call to Action Guidelines

Detailed step-by-step guide in the SBTi Call to Action process, from committing to having an approved target announced.

English (ENG) 414.4 KB Download
Spanish (ES) 531.0 KB Download
Indonesian (ID) 1.1 MB Download
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.

Report Sector Guidance

Sectoral Decarbonization Approach Report

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

English 1.2 MB Download
Guidance Tool

SBTi Tool How-To Video

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 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 Guidance Tool

SBTi Tool How-To Video - Passenger Light Duty Vehicles

An instructional video that explains how to use the SBTi target setting tool for passenger light-duty vehicle manufacturers. Please see the general SBTi target setting tool or the transport tool video if this sector is not applicable to you.

Submit
Guidance 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 333.3 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 678.2 KB Download
Form

Upgrade your target

Do you have a 2°C or well-below 2°C aligned target? Use our simple process to boost your ambition and upgrade your scopes 1 & 2 targets to a 1.5°C or well-below 2°C pathway. There is no additional cost (subject to conditions).

For new 1.5°C targets, we encourage you to publicly showcase your ambition by signing the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment letter.

Guidance

SBTi Criteria

This is the latest version (4.2) of the criteria companies' targets must meet in order to be approved as science-based by the SBTi.

Spanish (ES) 457.4 KB Download
English 477.2 KB Download
Portuguese 550.2 KB Download
Guidance

Call to Action Guidelines

Detailed step-by-step guide in the SBTi Call to Action process, from committing to having an approved target announced.

English (ENG) 414.4 KB Download
Spanish (ES) 531.0 KB Download
Indonesian (ID) 1.1 MB 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 Tool

SBTi How-To Guide

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

English 2.1 MB Download
Guidance Tool

Pre-Submission Checklist

A quick checklist that companies can consult to understand if they are ready to submit targets for validation to the SBTi.

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Guidance

SBTi Corporate Manual

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

English 930.9 KB Download
Learn
Report

Report: Taking the Temperature

A new report from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) prepared by the United Nations Global Compact and CDP, takes stock of corporate climate ambition in the Group of Seven (G7), an intergovernmental organization consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. View the full report and appendix below.

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Report

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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External Resource Guidance

E-learning course on Setting Science-Based Targets to Achieve Net-Zero

This e-learning course will guide you in the process of setting a science-based target (SBT) in support of a net-zero future. It aims at introducing the initiative, breaking down and illustrating the complexities and benefits around SBTs, and showcasing their benefits as well as the business case.

Article

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

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
Brazil 3.0 MB Download
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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
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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Guidance

SBTi Corporate Manual

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

English 930.9 KB Download
Background
Article

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

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.

English 3.2 MB Download
Japanese (JA) 3.6 MB Download
Brazil 3.0 MB Download
Portugal 3.2 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.

English 2.2 MB Download
Spanish (ES) 1.8 MB Download
Portuguese 1.7 MB Download
Report

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.

English 5.9 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.

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.

English 3.0 MB Download
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 Sector Guidance

Sectoral Decarbonization Approach Report

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

English 1.2 MB Download
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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Report

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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Testimonials

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