The Paris Agreement target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and the UK and European Green Deals call for a deep decarbonisation of economic activities. If humankind wants to limit global warming at 1.5 °C, the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere must be reined in, and fast.
There is no commonly agreed definition of net zero. Oxford Languages puts it as ‘a target of completely negating the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity, to be achieved by reducing emissions and implementing methods of absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.’ That is to say, if you are serious about net zero, then you need a Science-based Target (SBT).
SBTs provide companies with a clearly defined path to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement goals. More than 2,000 businesses around the world are already working with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
There is some debate as to whether businesses should be legally required to set SBTs. With more than 90% of global GDP now covered by net zero targets set nationally or regionally, such a requirement may not be so far away.
A step by step process
Since 2015 more than 1,000 companies have joined the initiative to set a science-based climate target. In 16 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), at least 20% of companies that have a high impact on global emissions are now part of the SBTi.
Having developed science-based targets for other clients using the SBTi framework and methodology, Alfa Energy knows how tough it can be to meet the requirements of the verification process. We can help you to not only meet the initial requirements for verification, but also carry out the on-going annual disclosure which ensures stakeholders are aware of the progress that your company is making towards its net zero target.
Working recently with The Carey Group, we drew on knowledge of the GHG Protocol to help the company complete the SBTi target verification process.
Specifically, we worked with The Carey Group to:
To learn more about how we worked with The Carey Group to establish a net zero strategy approved by the SBTi, and why it is so important to the company, read the case below and listen to the podcast linked within it.
At Alfa Energy, we help companies to align to net zero and prepare for what is to come on a mandatory basis. To kick things off, we can help your company to gain external verification of its baseline emissions and methodology. To learn more, click here.