Resource library

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Development of SBTi Standards

The SBTi's Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the development or revision of SBTi Standards.

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SBTi Glossary

The SBTi Glossary provides a list of terms and definitions, and of acronyms used in the SBTi's technical resources.

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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 Near-Term Criteria

The criteria companies' targets must meet in order to be approved as science-based by the SBTi.

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Corporate Near-Term 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).


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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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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Corporate Net-Zero tool

The Corporate Net-Zero tool to calculate long-term SBTs in line with the Net-Zero Standard.

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Financial Sector Science-Based Targets Guidance

The SBTi’s Financial Sector Science-Based Targets Guidance allows FIs – including banks, investors, insurance companies, pension funds and others – to set science-based targets to align their lending and investment activities with the Paris Climate Agreement.

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SBTi Criteria and Recommendations for Financial Institutions

This document presents the Pilot Version of the SBTi target validation criteria and recommendations for financial institutions. These sector-specific criteria supersede the general SBTi criteria for companies. Version 4.1 of the SBTi general criteria for companies serves as the basis for these, with slight deviations for financial institutions. All the criteria presented here must be met for financial institutions' targets to be recognized by the SBTi.

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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.


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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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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Science-based target-setting for the maritime transport sector

This guidance document provides guidelines on emissions target setting and accounting for the maritime transport sector. The document serves as an accompaniment to the SBTi Maritime Transport Tool, describing how to use the tool, the way it is structured, the rationale behind the carbon budget included in the tool, and the way a variety of maritime industry-specific conditions and constraints are addressed in the tool.

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Cement science-based target setting guidance

This document provides the scientific basis for cement sector-specific 1.5ºC decarbonization pathways, as well as guidance on target setting. This includes detailed guidance on how to deal with processes that are specific to the cement and concrete sector, sector-specific GHG accounting criteria and recommendations, examples on how different types of companies can use the tools, and guidance for submitting a target for validation.

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Maritime Transport Tool

This tool allows maritime transport sector companies to model emission reduction targets in line with 1.5°C.targe in line with SBTi approved criteria and methods.

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Guidance Tool

Land Transport Guidance

Transport emissions account for a quarter of global CO2 emissions, and land transportation is responsible for around three quarters of these. Companies in this sector can set science-based targets using SBTi’s Land Transport Guidance.


Steel science-based target-setting guidance

The purpose of this guidance document and accompanying tools is to provide companies with the resources they need to set 1.5°C-aligned near- and long-term climate targets at a corporate level.

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Steel Science-Based Target-Setting Tool

This tool enables steel sector companies to develop appropriate science-based emissions reduction targets, as well as to assist companies and interested third parties in assessing and evaluating companies' targets.

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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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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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Supplier Engagement Guidance

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


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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External Resource Tool

SME Climate Hub

SMEs in the earlier stage of developing their emissions inventory and with 150 employees or fewer can can use the tools provided by the SME Climate Hub to support the measurement and reporting of emissions.


Private Equity Sector Science-Based Target Guidance

To enable wide adoption of science-abased targets by private equity investors, the Science Based Targets initiative developed this guidance for private equity firms to set targets for their operations and investment portfolios aligned with the reductions needed to stay in line with well-below 2 degrees Celsius and 1.5 degrees Celsius climate scenarios.

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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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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