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.

Download the draft Forest, Land and Agriculture Science Based Target Setting Guidance

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.

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 in Q3 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
Aluminium Scoping Phase View
Apparel and footwear Finalized View
Aviation In Development View
Buildings In Development View
Chemicals In Development 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
Steel In Development View
Transport In Development View