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Science-based targets

Demonstrate leadership by aligning your corporate targets with climate science

Leading companies are now setting carbon reduction targets aligned with the latest climate science. We help companies apply the methodologies to develop appropriate science-based targets and to engage stakeholders.

What are science-based targets?

A carbon target is defined as ‘science-based’ if it is in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre industrial temperatures, as described in the assessment reports of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).


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This document examines the need for science-based carbon emissions targets, how to make the internal business case, and implications for your organisation.

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The benefits to setting a science-based target

Many organisations have set carbon targets and in most cases these are based on a short-term (5 year) timeframe – and not connected to climate science. Taking a science-based approach requires a longer term approach and adds a new dimension:

  • Setting science-based targets demonstrates a leadership position in the market – only around 150 companies have set science-based targets to date
  • Science-based targets will position your organisation to anticipate future climate change legislation
  • Setting science-based targets engages both internal and external stakeholders and increased buy-in leads to the targets being more easily achieved
  • Science-based targets provide both a short and long-term pathway to emissions reduction that drives innovation and competitive advantage



How can the Carbon Trust help

The Carbon Trust has a dedicated team of experts who can advise on best practice around science-based target setting.

  • Our experts will help your find the right methodology that fits your business needs and opportunities
  • We will build a bespoke target setting model to align and integrate the data sets on carbon emissions, economic activity and climate scenarios
  • We will support you in translating the complexity of science based targets into a credible compelling and accessible narrative for your stakeholders

Why work with us

We have the experience, expertise and we deliver results. Since 2001, the Carbon Trust has worked with 75% of FTSE 100 companies - and helped our customers to cut 60MtCOfrom their carbon footprints and make £5.5 billion in energy savings.


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The Carbon Trust’s expertise and collaborative approach enabled us to cut through the complexities of science-based targets and develop reduction targets tailored to our operations. This analysis will form an essential part of Land Securities’ sustainability strategy going forward.

Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability, Land Securities

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