Science Based Targets: A Pathway to a Sustainable Future
It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to reducing a company footprint; this is where science-based targets come in. They are emissions reduction targets that are in line with what scientists say is necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. Adopting science-based targets can help companies, governments, and individuals focus their efforts and measure their progress towards a sustainable future.
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What are Science-Based Targets?
Science-based targets are reduction targets that companies set in line with the latest climate science to limit global warming.
The concept was first introduced in 2015 by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). A collaborative effort by CDP, the UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and WWF.
The SBTi provides guidelines and validation for companies to set and achieve their goals.
Why are Science-Based Targets Important?
Adopting science-based targets is important because it helps ensure that our emissions reduction efforts are in line with what is necessary.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that if we don’t limit global warming to below 1.5°C, we risk irreversible damage to our planet’s ecosystems and the well-being of billions of people.
By setting science-based targets, organisations and individuals can help ensure that their emissions reduction efforts are aligned with the latest climate science.
This can help increase the chances of preventing catastrophic climate change and ensuring a sustainable future for all.
Benefits of Science-Based Targets
Achieving science-based targets can benefit businesses in several ways, such as:
Cost Savings: Reducing energy consumption and emissions can lead to cost savings in the long run.
Enhanced Reputation: Setting and achieving ambitious sustainability goals can enhance a company’s reputation and attract investors, customers, and employees who prioritize sustainability.
Improved Risk Management: Addressing climate change risks can help businesses prepare for potential impacts such as physical damage, supply chain disruption, and regulatory changes.
Competitive Advantage: Companies that commit to science-based targets have a competitive advantage by being ahead of regulatory requirements and consumer expectations.
How to Measure Your Business Footprint?
One of the biggest challenges that companies face is accurately measuring their carbon footprint. Without an accurate understanding of their emissions, it can be challenging to set realistic targets and track progress towards those goals.
Play It Green’s partner EaaSi Carbon offers carbon footprint reporting and carbon reduction plans that support science-based targets.
By working with EaaSi Carbon, companies can gain a clear understanding of their emissions profile and develop a plan to reduce their footprint over time.
Science-based targets are a vital tool in the fight against climate change.
By setting goals based on the latest climate science, companies can make meaningful progress towards reducing their carbon footprint and contributing to a more sustainable future.
To achieve these targets, companies must carefully consider their operations, supply chain, and business practices.
Play It Green and Science-Based Targets
In addition to carbon footprint reporting and reduction plans, Play It Green offers a range of resources to support companies in their sustainability efforts.
From tips for reducing waste and conserving energy to a net zero framework, best practice sharing and marketing support.
Play It Green is more than just a community of sustainability professionals and change-making businesses. It’s a movement towards a more sustainable future.
By joining the community, businesses can connect with like-minded individuals, learn from experts in the field, and take meaningful steps towards reducing their carbon footprint.
By joining our climate-positive subscription, you can engage and educate your workforce and get access to an entire community of sustainability professionals, products and services.
The time to act on climate change is now, and science-based targets are a critical part of the solution.
By setting ambitious goals and working towards them, companies can play a significant role in mitigating the worst effects of climate change.
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