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Science-based targets, strategic advice and reporting

We can help you develop appropriate targets and implement a strategy to enhance the economic and environmental performance of your organisation.

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We provide a comprehensive service tailored to your organisation's needs. Find out how we can support you with:

Science based targets and target setting

Leading organisations are now setting carbon reduction targets aligned with the latest climate science. Many businesses, charities and public bodies have set carbon targets but in most cases these are short-term (5 year) timeframe – and not connected to climate science.

We can help you set appropriate targets for your organisation. Scientific emissions trajectories can be used to set long-term ambitions for carbon reduction as well as targets for shorter time horizons, such as 2025 or 2030.


What is a science based target?

A carbon emissions target is defined as ‘science-based’ if it is in line with the level of decarbonisation required to keep the global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures. A science-based target is a powerful tool that allows businesses to align themselves with the commitments made under the Paris Agreement.

Science based targets insight document

Benefits of setting Science-based targets

By setting Science-based targets, your organisation can:

  • Demonstrate leadership
    Demonstrate a leadership position by aligning your organisational targets with climate science – only around 150 companies have set science based targets to date

  • Drive innovation and competitive advantage
    Science based targets provide both a short and long-term pathway to emissions reduction that drives innovation and competitive advantage

  • Engage internal and external stakeholders
    Create a 'buy-in’ that helps drive the achievement of the target
Guy Rickard from the Carbon Trust on Science based targets with Businessgreen

Video: the who, what and why of Science-based Targets

Carbon Trust senior sustainability consultant Guy Rickard explains the  drivers behind the corporate trend for Science-Based Targets, and the who, what and why of this fast-growing corporate sustainability movement.  

View the video on the BusinessGreen website

Read more in our series of viewpoints on Science-based targets:

We have helped over a dozen global companies from a variety of sectors to set science-based targets, including BT, Carlsberg, Landsec and Mahindra Sanyo.

The Carbon Trust’s expertise and collaborative approach enabled us to cut through the complexities of science-based targets and develop reduction targets tailored to our operations. This analysis will form an essential part of Landsec’s sustainability strategy going forward.

Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability, Landsec

Case studies

We worked with Carlsberg Group, one of the world's largest brewery companies, to measure the end-to-end carbon footprint of its full value chain, set science-based targets and develop a roadmap to meet targets.

We worked with Landsec to develop a methodology and Scope 3 model that enabled the company to measure carbon emissions across its entire value chain.

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Strategic advice

Advice and support to help businesses, charities and public bodies deliver reductions in carbon and energy costs with a strong business case for implementation, senior engagement, robust timescales, and responsibilities for taking action.

Our low carbon strategy and corporate sustainability strategy advice covers:

Your suppliers

Engage your suppliers

Engage suppliers and set standards for procuring sustainable, resource-efficient materials, products and services

Your operations

Improve operational efficiency

Set and achieve stretching targets, supported by governance structure, operational procedures and a 'sustainability culture'

Your products/services

Grow revenues and reach new markets

Grow revenues by enhancing the sustainability of your products/services, tapping into emerging markets and creating new routes to market

Your stakeholders

Engage stakeholders

Engage both internal and external stakeholders, including customers, suppliers and external bodies. Increased buy-in leads to the targets being more easily achieved

We can also support you to develop a renewable energy strategy (PDF).

This can all be supported by independent validation through third party certification and assurance.

For public sector organisations our CPD accredited carbon management process helps you design a cost-effective strategy and produce a five to ten year plan to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Read more on our services for public sector sustainability.

The Carbon Trust helped us develop a plan we could present to the Board. The advice we received has been a useful combination of simple steps and long-term measures which, together, will achieve tangible cost and carbon savings.

Alexandra Hammond, Sustainability Manager, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

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Environmental reporting and disclosure

Third party endorsement of environmental claims

We help organisations turn good environmental performance into competitive advantage by leveraging their ability to convincingly ‘communicate the value of sustainability’ to customers and stakeholders. This includes substantiation or endorsement of environmental claims, from comparative product footprinting to development of ‘net positive’ methodologies, and demonstrating the value that this brings to your organisation.   This can help you make more informed purchasing decisions which in turn can help protect and grow market share, revenues and profits whilst reducing impact on the environment.


Climate change reporting & Climate-related Financial Disclosures

If you are a large company or public sector organisation, you will likely report on your carbon emissions and climate change impact. Accurate and transparent reporting will be critical to your reputation, compliance obligations, and the effectiveness of your carbon and energy cost reduction plans.

Many organisations are also now reporting on their climate change opportunities and risks, following the best practice guidance recommended by the G20 Financial Stability Board’s Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Read more on how we can support your organisation on climate related financial disclosures.

Reporting: our approach

We can:

  • review your sustainability reporting in the light of current and future regulatory requirements as well as your corporate objectives.
  • assess your reporting needs and objectives, and conduct a 'data fitness check' to define a clear set of requirements regarding reporting scope and data quality/completeness.
  • build a bespoke target setting model to align and integrate the data sets on carbon emissions, economic activity and climate scenarios.
  • support you in translating the complexity of science based targets into a credible compelling and accessible narrative for your stakeholders.


Our assessment can include:

  • Workshop with relevant business managers to
    • Discuss various reporting requirements and regimes
    • Understand reporting objectives
    • Understand current scope and completeness/quality of reporting
  • Data review
  • Recommendations for closing any reporting gaps and achieving broader business objectives


If required, this can be supplemented by in-depth data assessments and developing submission-quality sustainability reports.

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Why work with us?

We have the experience, expertise and deliver results.

The Carbon Trust has a dedicated team of experts who will help your find the right methodology that fits your business needs and opportunities. Our experts will help your find the right methodology that fits your organisation's needs and opportunities.

Since 2001, we have worked with 75% of FTSE 100 companies and more than 3,000 public sector organisations in the UK and overseas - and helped our customers to cut 60MtCO2 from their carbon footprints and make over £5.5 billion in energy savings. 

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Upcoming events

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Carbon Trust Corporate Sustainability Summit 2018

The Carbon Trust Corporate Sustainability Summit is our annual conference for businesses which promises a packed agenda of inspiring keynote speakers including Sir Ian Cheshire, UK Chair of Barclays Bank and Shirley Rodrigues, London's Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, expert panels and deep-dive workshops structured to give insights into the latest thinking on corporate sustainability, alongside practical case studies of implementation from corporates and great networking opportunities at London's iconic City Hall.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Meeting investor expectations on Climate-related Financial Disclosures - Webinar

Following the release of the recommendations from the G20 Financial Stability Board's Task Force for Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) last year, many organisations are now looking to align their disclosures with this guidance and better understanding their climate change risks and opportunities.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Low Carbon Cities Conference

The Carbon Trust’s new annual Low Carbon Cities Conference is built on the legacy over a decade of successful public sector events. Free to attend for public sector delegates, it brings together an international audience with more than 350 organisations already signed up to attend. The event showcases the latest in policy, finance and technology for creating sustainable cities and regions, providing an invaluable opportunity to share best practice with exciting confirmed speakers including Claire Perry MP, Sir James Bevan - Environment Agency, C40, Smart Cities Oslo, Oxford City and Oxfordshire Councils and Greater Manchester Authority.

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