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At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, it was agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action by all Parties and non-Party stakeholders is urgently required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved.

In decision 1/CP.21, the commitments from all actors are recognized, including those launched through the Lima–Paris Action Agenda, as well as the urgent need to scale up the global response to climate change and support greater ambition from governments.

At COP 22 in Marrakech, a High-Level Event on Accelerating Climate Action was held to highlight outcomes from the Action Events throughout the conference and culminated with the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action; a new framework to catalyse and support climate action.

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Emissions reduction

Science based targets

Adopt a science-based GHG emissions reduction target

Lead Organisations

CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)


1.By the end of 2018, at least 250 leading companies will have committed to adopt science-based GHG emission reduction targets and more than 100 companies will have approved science-based targets. (draft target)

2.Science-based target setting will be embedded in key mechanisms and platforms that lead to the widespread and sustained adoption of GHG emission reduction targets in line with science as a standard business practice in priority regions and sectors.

3.In support of the Paris Agreement, science based targets from leading companies demonstrate to policy-makers the scale of emission reductions that are achievable to positively influence international climate negotiations and domestic climate policy.

Roadmap and work plan

Yes, a Roadmap does exist.


We had a goal of 100 companies for COP21. By COP21 we announced 118 companies committed to set a SBT with 7 already having a validated SBT. After COP21 there are approximately 2 companies joining/week.

The initiative is working to develop methods for the sectors not currently or insufficiently covered by the Sectoral Decabonization Approach and aims to have these completed within approximately the next year (2017). We are also refining our eligibility criteria and recommendations to provide companies with as much information as possible to assist them in developing their targets.

Quantitative Impact


Impact indicators are in the making.


Heidi Huusko, United Nations Global Compact, 685 3rd Ave 12th Floor, New York, NY 10017

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