">What are the Science Based Targets? - the Tapio blog

Our site saves cookies on your device in order to better personalize content and track traffic. You can disable the usage of cookies by changing the settings of your browser. By browsing our website without changing the browser settings you grant us permission to store that information on your device. Learn more.

Maud Wicart

Dec. 8, 2020

climate standards


What are the Science-Based Targets?


How can reduction objectives be set in each company fairly and effectively? Should some sectors or regions contribute more than others? Here is where the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) comes in.



In the Paris Agreement adopted during the COP 21, 195 states committed themselves to fight climate change by limiting the rise in temperature to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C by the end of the century. To keep global temperature below this level, targets for reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG emissions) must be set by a multitude of actors. In particular, companies represent significant leverage considering global GHG emissions are influenced largely, directly or indirectly, by corporate activities.



«In fact, 1.000 companies among the world's largest emitters
are responsible for 20% of global GHG emissions.»

 Science Based Targets initiative, 2016 



Science Based Target initiative is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), WWF, and the United Nations Global Compact and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. This initiative aims to encourage and help companies define reduction targets aligned with the latest scientific recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC or GIEC in french). In other words, the initiative promotes strategies in line with the level of decarbonisation required to maintain the increase in global temperatures to below 2°C or even below 1.5°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. The purpose is to prevent the worst effects of climate change by showing companies how much and in what time frame they should reduce their GHG emissions.




«Science Based Targets initiative is a key tool to prepare for
and accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy.»

 Science Based Targets webinar, 2020 




More than 1.000 companies worldwide are taking action against climate change by setting emission reduction targets through SBTi. Companies from all sectors and of any size are welcome to join the movement, as Spadel (BE), Dell Technologies (US), Deloitte (UK), or Renault Group (FR) did. SBTs benefit the planet and your company by, inter alia, boosting competitive advantage in the low-carbon economy.





Tapio's all-in-one Carbon Strategy Platform provides you with specific tools and guidance to reduce CO2 emissions, such as the ability to measure your progression towards your SBT.

Back to all articles