What makes for a good carbon reduction target?

In a post COP21 world where organisations will be expected to contribute to the global greenhouse gas reduction effort, the importance of setting effective targets is more crucial than ever. The EU has a target to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.  How did they come up with that number, and how do they go about reaching it? How do organisations reconcile their own targets with that greater ambition?

Organisations often struggle to understand how they can ensure they get their targets right. Taking external factors into account, how can they understand why they are on track or not and how do they transparently communicate progress?

With all those questions in mind, the Carbon Smart team is currently examining leading UK organisations, to determine what constitutes a robust target and communication approach, and ranking their sustainability statements against a defined framework.

If you are interested in participating in this research as a stakeholder or would like to learn more about the outcome, get in touch with sarah.mccusker@carbonsmart.co.uk

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