Science-Based Targets

The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI, and WWF. The initiative supports companies to set emissions reduction targets required to limit global warming well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

Over the past several years, science-based target-setting has rapidly become the most effective way for companies to align their corporate goals with the Paris Agreement. As stated in the 2018 IPCC Special Report on Global Warming, the transition to a low-carbon economy must be accelerated globally in order to hold warming to 1.5°. We are calling on all companies — across sectors — to set their science-based target with a new level of ambition — one that aligns with the 1.5° target.

More information about Science-Based Targets and the 'Business Ambition for 1.5°' campaign can be found here and here.


The UN Global Compact Network UK and the Science Based Targets Initiative are hosting a webinar series to support companies to overcome common challenges related to setting and implementing science-based targets.

With over 900 companies having already committed to set a science-based target, it is clear that momentum is building. However, there are common challenges companies across sectors face that are preventing further uptake of science-based targets and are threatening to slow down the progress.  These challenges include: achieving internal buy-in and addressing scope 3 emissions.

This webinar series will support companies to overcome these common challenges by providing participants with practical tips, expert guidance and best practice examples from business case studies.


For more information and to register for the webinars, click on the links below.

21 October, 11:00 - 12:00 BST: ACHIEVING INTERNAL BUY-IN TO SET SCIENCE-BASED TARGETS - Click here for a recording of the event.

7 December, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT: ADDRESSING SCOPE 3 EMISSIONS TO ACHIEVE SCIENCE-BASED TARGETS.- Click for a recording of the event.

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The UN Global Compact Network UK is delighted to invite you to the “RAISING BUSINESS AMBITION FOR 1.5°: SETTING A SCIENCE-BASED TARGET” Webinar Series.

This webinar series is held in partnership with the Carbon Trust, a mission-led global organisation who have supported numerous businesses worldwide in setting their science-based targets. We explore the business benefits of setting a science-based target in line with 1.5°, specifically looking at the opportunities and challenges of implementing a science-based target by sector. The webinars feature guidance from experts at the Carbon Trust and SBTi, as well as best practice examples from sector case studies. Watch your sector specific webinar below:

29 April:  PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SECTOR - Click for video of event
 6 May: IT SECTOR - Click for video of event
13 May: ENERGY AND UTILITIES SECTOR - Click for video of event
20 May: CONSTRUCTION SECTOR - Click for video of event
10 June: FINANCE SECTOR - Click for video of event
17 June: RETAIL AND MANUFACTURING SECTOR - Click for video of event

To learn more about science-based targets, listen to our introductory webinar here and a webinar hosted by the United Nations Global Compact here.

UNGC UK and Carbon Trust
Business ambition for 1.5_

The following UN Global Compact Network UK members have already committed to setting science-based targets:

ARM Holdings
BT Group plc
Burberry Group plc
Burges Salmon LLP
Coats Group plc
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP)
Compass Group plc
Delphi Technologies
Dentsu International Limited
Diageo plc
DLA Piper
Drax Group plc
Environmental Resources Management
Ernst and Young
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP
HSBC Holdings plc
HH Global
InterContinental Hotels Group
Kennedys Law
Kingfisher plc
Marks & Spencer plc
Marshalls plc
Mott MacDonald
National Grid plc
NatWest Group
Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd

Pearson plc
Pinsent Masons
Scottish Power
Severn Trent plc
Shaftesbury plc
Shoosmiths LLP
Sky Ltd
Slaughter and May
SSE plc
Standard Chartered Bank
Tate & Lyle PLC
Tesco plc
The British Land Company plc
The Co-op
TSB Bank
Unilever plc
Vodafone Group plc