Sector guidance

Which sectors can set targets?

Thousands of companies across dozens of sectors and countries are working with the SBTi to set science-based targets. Currently, companies in all sectors (apart from fossil fuels) can set science-based targets, aligned with the SBTi criteria.


How can my sector set targets?

Companies in most sectors will use one of two methods for developing their science-based targets: the Absolute Contraction Approach (used by most companies with validated science-based targets) or the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (SDA).

For most sectors, you can refer to our How-To Guide (p3) to learn which methodology your company should use, according to your sector and other criteria. However there are specific requirements and/or guidance for the sectors listed below.

Sector-specific projects

Select your sector to view specific requirements and/or guidance

For companies in some sectors, the SBTi has developed specific methodologies, frameworks, guidance, tools and requirements to help you through the target-setting process.

If your sector is not listed or is not finalized, you should use our core methodologies and resources to set your targets. See our How-To Guide (p3) to learn which methodology your company should use, according to your sector and other criteria.


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

Get involved

Our sector projects involve ongoing research and consultation with companies and other relevant stakeholders. We encourage your input and feedback to help drive effective and ambitious climate action across all sectors.

To get involved in existing sector projects, visit the relevant project page above.

Having a science-based target helps keep us on track. It means we know what we need to do in the short and medium term to meet the longer-term vision. By being part of the global initiative we know we are part of a bigger movement. Keiko Shiga Sustainability Department, Sony Corporation