Companies are already future-proofing growth by setting science-based climate targets specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions through the Science Based Targets initiative.

Building off the success of the Science Based Targets initiative and in response to business demand to set targets for the whole Earth system, a group of organizations have come together to form the Science Based Targets Network.

They are developing methods and resources to enable companies and cities to set science-based targets for the interrelated “systems” of freshwater, biodiversity, land and the ocean across their value chains. These will be informed by current science along with reports to be produced by the newly formed Earth Commission.

Galvanized by the historic Paris Agreement, the transition to a low-carbon economy is underway and accelerating globally.

Now the race is on to meet the Paris Agreement’s most ambitious goal of holding global temperature rise to well below 2°C with the aim to limit to 1.5°C.

The Science Based Targets initiative was set up in 2014. It defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting for climate and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets. Hundreds of companies are already committed. Commit now to set a science-based GHG emissions reduction target.

Science Based Targets:
whole Earth System

Targets and methodologies for freshwater, biodiversity, land and ocean are under development.

Climate

The world economy needs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the rate necessary to limit global warming to 1.5°C, while delivering sustainable growth and prosperity for all.

Companies can already set science-based targets to future-proof growth while reducing their greenhouse gas emissions through the Science Based Targets initiative.

Building off the success of the Science Based Targets initiative, Science Based Targets Network partners are engaged with more than 10,000 cities and local governments worldwide. The aim is for cities representing 50% of the global urban population to set science-based targets for climate by 2025.

Freshwater

Freshwater is essential for all human life.

And while water is not in short supply planet-wide but as demands on freshwater increase and climate change reduces its supply, it is crucial that companies and cities have a clear way of minimising their own impact on freshwater.

By setting science-based targets for freshwater, companies, cities and other actors will be able to specify how they can help create sustainable freshwater systems. Incorporating these targets into their strategies will enable them to future-proof growth without depleting or polluting freshwater resources and help drive the transition to a water-secure world.

Biodiversity

Animal and plant species are being lost at unprecedented rates, jeopardizing humanity and life on Earth.

We need to stop loss of biodiversity by 2030 and ensure restoration and recovery by 2050 for our planet to remain habitable.

By setting science-based targets for biodiversity, companies, cities and other actors will have a clear framework for ensuring their operations prevent further loss of species, ecosystems, and genetic diversity while helping restore biodiversity. This will enable them to future-proof growth by reducing risk, increasing innovation and harnessing the opportunities of the transition to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem.

land

Land use change and land degradation are causing critical damage to land systems.

This is impacting the people and animals who depend on that land, as well as contributing significantly to climate change.

By setting science-based targets for land, companies, cities and other actors will be able to adapt their strategies to ensure they play their part in minimising conversion and degradation of land as well as, restoring land to provide ecosystem services and viable habitat. By incorporating these targets into their strategies, companies, cities and other actors will be able to harness the opportunities of the transition to a future where land is used sustainably and in balance with the Earth’s planetary life support systems.

Ocean

Our ocean has tremendous social and economic value, but overfishing and pollution are now affecting both the wellbeing of humans and the future of businesses dependent on the ocean.

We need to create an economy that supports ocean health and enables companies and citizens to harness the value of the ocean in a sustainable way.

By setting science-based targets for the ocean, businesses, cities and other actors will be able to reduce risk and increase innovation within their own operations. In doing so they will also ensure that they are not overexploiting natural resources (eg. fishing), are doing enough to help cut ocean pollution and reduce alien species and are helping to restore rather than harm habitats and ecosystems.

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