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The ABC of Science Based Targets

Sofie Pierreux

Science Based Targets (SBTs) shape the backbone of BACA. An increasing amount of companies across the world calls upon SBTs to reduce their carbon footprint and align their climate goals with those of the Paris Agreement. But how did these SBTs come about and what does it imply to set them? This article compiles a handful of resources to help formulate answers to these questions.

What are Science Based Targets?

By setting science-based emission reduction targets, BACA members calculate how much and how fast they need to decrease their carbon footprint to avoid the worst effects of climate change. The science-based methodology gives companies confidence that their targets are in line with limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.

the Science Based Targets initiative

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a partnership between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).


  • define and promote best practice in science-based emissions reductions and net-zero targets in line with climate science.
  • provide technical assistance and expert resources to companies who set science-based targets in line with the latest climate science.
  • bring together a team of experts to provide companies with independent assessment and validation of targets.