Středa 20. února 2019: Iniciativa zaměřená na vědu založená na vědeckých poznatcích (SBTi) zavede nové významné aktuality, které umožní společnostem stanovit cíle snižování emisí skleníkových plynů v souladu s nejambicióznějším cílem Pařížské dohody, omezit průměrné globální oteplování na 1,5 ° C do konce století ve srovnání s předindustriálními teplotami.

New technical resources and an updated set of target validation criteria will be available to companies in April 2019, and will reflect the latest science from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October 2018.

The SBTi will also release new resources enabling companies to set targets aligned with a well-below 2°C pathway, which under the SBTi’s new criteria will become the minimum level of ambition accepted by the initiative.

The IPCC report warned of severe consequences of a failure to prevent global warming exceeding 1.5°C, and presented a number of new emissions scenarios that would keep temperatures within the thresholds laid out in the Paris Agreement.

Experts from the SBTi, in consultation with a Scientific Advisory Group consisting of leading climate scientists from around the world, are using the new scenarios to model emissions reduction pathways that can be applied by companies to align their strategies with the latest science.

Alexander Farsan, Global Lead for science-based targets at WWF, one of the Science Based Targets initiative partners, said: “The IPCC Special Report was a wake-up call for the global economy. There is an urgent need to step up ambition in order to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and avoid devastating global warming.

“Companies have a vital role to play in realizing this goal. The latest science from the IPCC has shown the way forward. We urge companies to raise the bar and set the pace of change that we know is needed.”

The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The initiative uses the latest available climate science to define best practice in science-based target setting, and independently assesses companies’ targets against its validation criteria.

Since its inception in 2015, the SBTi has approved targets of more than 160 companies, and an additional 350+ companies have commited to set targets within a two-year timeframe.

As of October 2019, under the SBTi’s updated target validation criteria:

  • New targets submitted for validation will only be accepted if they are consistent with limiting warming to well-below 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Targets consistent with limiting warming to 2°C will no longer be approved. The definition of “well-below 2°C” will be informed by the IPCC Special Report and underlying scenarios.
  • The level of ambition of all existing and new targets will be published on the SBTi website, and classified under one of three categories: 1.5°C, well-below 2°C and 2°C.
  • To ensure targets remain aligned with the most recent climate science, companies will be required to review, and if necessary revalidate, their targets every five years from the date of the original target approval. This will become mandatory in 2025.