Climate targets for cities

The future is net zero. The world’s 10,000 cities are responsible for 70% of global emissions so have a major part to play in achieving net-zero emissions. While some cities already have climate targets, until now they have not been able to ensure they are aligned with the latest science.

A new guide for science-based climate targets for cities has been developed by by the Science Based Targets Network’s core ‘cities’ partners CDP, C40, GCoM, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Backed by months of technical research and testing, the guide assesses and explains three science-based climate target methodologies and their technical criteria. It advises cities on which methodology to use and how to use the methodologies to determine interim and net zero targets.

Using this guide, cities can also learn how to join the UNFCCC’S #RaceToZero.

You can also use our interactive flowchart to see how to ensure your city’s climate targets are science-based or how to gather the right data. Use the flowchart here.