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 many as 800 companies have already committed to set a science-based target. 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.

"Raising Business Ambition for 1.5°C: Setting a Science-Based Target” - Webinar Series.

 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 will 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 webinar will feature guidance from experts at he Carbon Trust and best practice examples from sector case studies. Participation is free! Register for your sector specific webinar below:

29 April, 10 -11am:  PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SECTOR - Click for video of event
 6 May, 10 -11am: IT SECTOR - Click for video of event
13 May, 10 -11am: ENERGY AND UTILITIES SECTOR - Click for video of event
20 May, 10 -11am: CONSTRUCTION SECTOR - Click for video of event
10 June, 10 -11am: FINANCE SECTOR
17 June, 10 -11am: RETAIL AND MANUFACTURING SECTOR

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

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

Accenture
ARM Holdings
AstraZeneca
BT Group plc
Burberry Group plc
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP)
Compass Group plc
Delphi Technologies
Diageo plc
Drax Group plc
Environmental Resources Management

GlaxoSmithKline
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Greenstone
HSBC Holdings plc
InterContinental Hotels Group
Kingfisher plc
KPMG
Landsec
Marks & Spencer plc
Marshalls plc
National Grid plc

Pearson plc
Pinsent Masons
Severn Trent plc
Shaftesbury plc
Sky Ltd
Slaughter and May
SSE plc
Standard Chartered Bank
Tesco plc
The Co-op
Unilever plc
Vodafone Group plc

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Science-Based Targets