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?

You can already set a science-based target to ensure you’re doing enough to reduce your company’s greenhouse gas emissions through the Science Based Targets initiative. This is the best strategy to drive innovation and future-proof growth as we transition to a zero-carbon economy.

The Earth’s interrelated systems of water, land, biodiversity and ocean are also facing unsustainable pressure. We cannot win the fight against climate change without addressing nature loss.

Companies need science-based guidance to ensure they’re doing enough to protect and restore balance to the Earth’s natural systems. The Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) is now developing a detailed toolkit to help you set science-based targets to cover your company’s impacts on biodiversity, land, water and ocean alongside climate.

What can you do now?

Register

Register your interest in setting science-based targets for all the Earth’s natural systems

Officially stating your interest does not obligate you to anything but will give you greater opportunity to participate in the SBTN’s methodology and user-experience development.

Register now

Set a target

Set a science-based climate target

Set a target across your operations and value chains aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and reaching net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. Where relevant, include a commitment to zero conversion of natural habitat and land degradation neutrality.

Watch our introductory webinar on setting and SBT target for nature to find out more about how you can get involved.

Map

Map your value chain and assess risk to freshwater, biodiversity, ecosystems and oceans in major impact locations

While climate targets and actions don’t necessarily need to be place-specific, targets and actions on water, biodiversity, lands and oceans will need to be place-based. In order to ready your organization to set science-based targets in these other areas, understanding your connection to place will be essential. We recommend you take the following steps:

  • Map business operating and sourcing areas (supply chain/value chain)
  • Identify and quantify risk in these areas and evaluate impacts
  • Inventory existing or determine appropriate risk responses, including better management practices, standards and certification, etc. For example, for land impacts, explore landscape and jurisdictional approaches and restoration efforts

Disclose

Disclose environmental data in a standardized format

Disclosing your environmental performance data on standardized platforms, particularly those that score performance, has many benefits:

  • Informs key stakeholders such as investors. In the absence of information, your stakeholders will likely not give you the credit you deserve for your sustainability investments.
  • Highlights improvement opportunities. You and your leadership team can see how you are doing relative to your peers. This helps you prioritize and gain internal support to invest in areas for improvement. Tracking and disclosing your performance year over year on a standardized platform shows your leadership how the investments are paying off.
  • Gives you a powerful external communication tool. Talking about your performance in your corporate reporting objectively, within the context of your industry sector, lends you credibility

Contribute

Work with SBTN’s lands, water, oceans, and biodiversity groups to contribute to science-based target methodology development.

Find out more

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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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