An introduction to science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets

What are they and how can they benefit your company? Since the Paris agreement reached at COP21 in late 2015, business climate action has increased significantly, and despite recent political events in the U.S. and abroad, we expect this trend to continue. Historically, companies have shown their commitment to managing climate change by setting public goals to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While approximately 80% of the 500 largest globally listed companies have already adopted reduction targets, recent climate science indicates that most of these goals are not aggressive enough to truly impact global warming. In the latest assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the most prominent body outlining potential impacts associated with climate change and actions required to mitigate these impacts, identified a scenario that it anticipates will mitigate the most severe impacts of climate change by limiting global warming to an increase of two

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Five Sustainability and Energy Trends to Watch in 2017

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What’s in store for 2017? We’ve compiled five trends that will be on the move (some quite literally) in the coming year. We hope this list inspires you to explore developing sustainability trends and helps keep a pulse on happenings in this space. Advancing greenhouse gas (GHG) goal setting to establish Science-Based Targets (SBTs) As companies seek to set increasingly ambitious GHG emission reduction targets, attention is turning to the question of how we set targets that align with the level of reductions required to limit global temperature increases and mitigate the most drastic effects of climate change. The concept of setting SBTs has been gaining traction, particularly in the past 12 months. An SBT is a GHG emissions reduction target that is aligned with emissions reductions required to keep the increase in global temperatures below two degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial temperatures. To date 202 companies have committed to

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