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.

Is your company doing enough to help restore balance to nature?

Do you wonder:

  • How much is enough? We've set environmental performance targets to do "better" but is it "enough"?
  • How do I navigate crowded and sometimes conflicting NGO and scientific guidance on what my targets should be today and in the future?
  • How do I build my company’s resilience and future-proof it against environmental risks?

The Challenge

Our well-being and survival depend on a healthy planet. There can be no safe and prosperous future if we destabilize the climate, deplete our oceans, degrade our land and forests, and undermine the web of life that sustains us all.

We are living beyond the Earth’s planetary boundaries. The Planetary Boundaries (PB) framework defines humanity's "safe operating space" within Earth's nine life support systems. For each system, it quantifies the limits that we must stay within for humans and nature to thrive. The 'boundaries' for each system are explained as zones of uncertainty and zones of high risk. If we cross these boundaries there is increased risk of causing irreversible environmental damage and negative human impacts.

Crossing multiple boundaries runs the risk of even greater cumulative impacts because of the way the systems interact with each other. Scientists estimate we have already crossed the boundaries for climate, biodiversity, phosphorus and nitrogen and land systems - ie. four out of the nine systems.


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whole Earth Support systems

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.

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Formally register your interest now to:

  • set science-based targets for nature for your company
  • set science-based targets for climate and/or nature for your city

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