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.
We encourage companies in these sectors and other interested stakeholders to participate in the process.
Learn more about the project below.
The Science Based Targets initiative is undertaking a sector development project, the SBTi Forest, Land and Agriculture project (‘SBTi FLAG’), led by WWF, to address an important methodology gap. The effort will focus on the development of methods and guidance to enable the food, agriculture, and forest sectors to set science-based targets (SBTs) that include deforestation, and possibly other land-related impacts.
There will be two consultative groups as well as a public consultation to allow interested stakeholders to participate in the process.
The project is expected to be completed by Q4 2021.
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.