Science-Based Targets

Leading companies are taking action to set ambitious climate goals and capture the economic opportunities of a low-carbon transition. Science-based target setting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming to less than 2º C is an effective mechanism for businesses to address climate change and advance the global development agenda.

Target Setting

What is a Science-Based Target?

A science-based target is a target adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to the level of decarbonization required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures, as described in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5).

What You Can Do

Caring for Climate, in partnership with CDP, WRI and WWF, calls on companies to align corporate voluntary greenhouse gas reduction targets with climate science.

Set a Science-Based Target

To be eligible for the science based targets Call to Action companies are required to:

  1. 1. Pledge the adoption of a science-based absolute emissions or an absolute emissions intensity reduction target, and
  2. 2. Develop and disclose the target within a timeframe of 24 months after making the pledge.

The Science Based Targets initiative is calling on companies to demonstrate leadership on climate action by publically committing to science-based GHG reduction targets. We aim to enlist 100 companies in 2015 and 250 by 2020.

Companies that make the pledge will be provided guidance, resources and support. Learn more about how to join the movement, get support and be recognized at http://sciencebasedtargets.org.

More on Science-Based Targets

  • Science-Based Targets: Status Update 2015 (PDF)
  • Science Based Targets: Call to Action (PDF)
  • Mind the Science Report (PDF)
  • Quick Guide to the Sectoral Decarbonization Approach (PDF)
  • Are you Aligning your Emissions Reduction Targets with Climate Science? (PDF)
  • Sectoral Decarbonization Approach and other methodologies (Website)
  • Science Based Targets (Website)

For more information and questions, please contact Heidi Huusko (huusko@un.org)