Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG)

Guidance for land-intensive sectors

Why take action?

Companies in land-intensive sectors have a critical role to play in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) emissions represent nearly a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We need science-based methods to help businesses in these sectors reduce their impact and seize mitigation opportunities.

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 deforestation and land-related emissions.

Get involved

We encourage companies in these sectors and other interested stakeholders to participate in the process.

Learn more about the project below.


The project is expected to be completed by Q1 2022.

Browse more sector guidance

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.

Sector Status
Buildings In Development View
Steel In Development View
Aviation Finalized View
Aluminium Scoping Phase View
Apparel and footwear Finalized View
Chemicals Scoping Phase View
Cement In Development View
Financial institutions Finalized View
Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) In Development View
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Finalized View
Oil and Gas In Development View
Power Finalized View
Transport In Development View