Setting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in line with climate science is a great way to future-proof growth

The Science Based Targets initiative mobilises companies to set science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. The initiative is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes the best practices in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.

Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with the latest climate science, which is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. SBTs provide companies a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their GHG emissions.

The Paris agreement in 2015 saw 195 of the world’s governments commit to prevent dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees celsius. This signaled an acceleration in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Companies play a pivotal role in ensuring that global temperature goals are met. Many companies are already demonstrating that they have the skills, expertise, and ingenuity to make this a reality – but need ambitious emissions reduction targets that ensure the transformational action they take is aligned with current climate science.

Science-Based Targets initiative Incubator

WWF-India and CDP India collaborated to launch the Science-Based Targets initiative Incubator, and provide secretariat and technical support to Indian companies for developing SBTs, to help accelerate their transition to a low-carbon economy. The incubator aims at facilitating the reduction of GHG emissions through the uptake of SBTs in the long-term and set corporates on the path of climate science-based emission reduction targets. WWF-India and CDP India will support Indian businesses to sign up for SBTi, work with companies in developing their SBTs, and getting them validated from the SBT secretariat.
WWF-India has launched a series of webinars under the SBTi Incubator that focus on the innovative approaches and business practices for setting ambitious and meaningful GHG reduction targets, in line with the latest climate science.

Why Join SBTi?

  1. Increase Innovation: The transition to a low-carbon economy will catalyse the development of new technologies and operational practices. Companies setting ambitious targets today will lead innovation and transformation tomorrow
  2. Reduce Regulatory Uncertainty: Taking ambitious action now will help companies stay ahead of future policies and regulations to limit GHG emissions. Companies that can position themselves as leaders are at an advantage to influence policymakers and help shape developing legislation
  3. Strengthen Investor Confidence and Credibility: Companies taking a leadership position on climate bolster their credibility and reputation among stakeholders, including investors, customers, employees, policymakers, and environmental groups. Approximately half of the consumers worldwide believe that climate change will negatively impact their own lives, and 65% agree that human activity is responsible for climate change
  4. Improve Profitability and Competitiveness: Setting ambitious targets now ensures a lean, efficient, and durable company in a future where resources will increasingly become more expensive – particularly resources derived from fossil fuels. Rising prices of raw materials can mean the difference between profit and loss


  1. Hindustan Zinc Limited
  2. Mahindra Sanyo Special Steel Private Limited
  3. Shree Cement Ltd
  4. Tech Mahindra
  5. Wipro

The Call to Action Campaign
SBTi has been driving the adoption of SBTs by companies through its Call to Action Campaign and has made significant progress against its goal of making SBT setting a standard business practice. Join the movement and take the step towards a low-carbon economy by making a public commitment to setting a Science-Based Target. Visit

For more information contact:
Varun Aggarwal -
Manager, Climate & Business

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