Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG)
Guidance for land-intensive sectors
Why take action?
Nearly 25% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land use. Moreover, agricultural production is expected to double by 2050, to meet the demand of the world’s growing population.
In order for companies in land-intensive sectors to have a fighting chance of avoiding catastrophic climate breakdown, we are developing guidance to have a standard method to account and set science-based targets that include land-related emissions and removals.
A new methodology
Many companies with land-intensive operations have committed or set targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Many are also reporting their emissions publicly. However, few account for AFOLU emissions or removals in their targets or disclosures. A key barrier is the lack of available standards, guidance and methods.
The SBTi Forest, Land and Agriculture project (SBTi FLAG) addresses this gap. We are developing methods and guidance to enable businesses in food, agriculture and forest sectors to set science-based targets (SBTs) that fully incorporate land-related emissions and removals.
We encourage companies in these sectors and other interested stakeholders to participate in the process.
- Read the draft guidance
- Commit to setting a target
- Send an email to join the FLAG mailing list for updates
Learn more about the project below.
The SBTi, with support of WWF, is developing the SBTi Forest, Land and Agriculture project (‘SBTi FLAG’), to address an important methodology gap. This effort is focused on the development of methods and guidance to enable companies within the food, agriculture, and forest sectors to set science-based targets that include land-related emissions and removals.
This sector development project has included two consultative groups to allow interested stakeholders to participate in the process.
As part of the FLAG guidance development process, the SBTi has convened technical experts on the Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector, as well as a corporate consultative group to provide expert advice and direction throughout the development of the guidance to ensure the criteria and guidance are robust, clear, and practical.
The FLAG Consultative Group consists of the following:
- AB InBev
- General Mills
- International Paper
- RCL Foods
Funding for this project has been provided by the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.
Public consultation resources
- Download the Forest, Land and Agriculture Science Based Target Setting Guidance
- Download the FLAG Methods Addendum
- Watch the FLAG guidance consultation webinar
- View the FLAG guidance consultation webinar slides
FLAG project kick-off resources
In January and February, the SBTi held a month-long public consultation for external stakeholders and experts in the agriculture, forestry and other land use sectors to provide feedback on the Forest, Land and Agriculture Science Based Target Setting Guidance. We saw over 1,600 comments from more than 165 organizations.
Acknowledging the comments received, we moved forward with revision of the FLAG guidance, including a much-requested process to develop regional commodity pathways and to provide companies with a streamlined tool to make implementing regional targets straightforward. To ensure we have a clear and robust methodology for companies within the food, agriculture and forest sectors to account and set science-based targets for land-based emission reductions and removals, we are currently carrying out an in-depth review of the guidance. We plan to launch the FLAG guidance and tool in Q3 2022.
The project is expected to be completed in Q3 2022.
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If your sector is not listed here, you can still set a science-based target using our methods and resources. Consult the step-by-step guide to get started.