Climate Action: U.S. Companies Step Up as Federal Government Steps Out
Fifty U.S. companies—more than in any other country—just committed to set science-based carbon-emissions targets. As American businesses strive to fill the gap that may be created if the U.S. exits the Paris Agreement, we’ve compiled this FAQ to help OIA members understand the issue and what they can do to set their own targets.
What Are Science-Based Targets?
Greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets are considered “science-based” if they meet the levels—described in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC AR5)—required to limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures. Watch a video here.
What Is OIA Doing to Support This Initiative?
- OIA, on behalf of the outdoor industry, is sitting on the Science-Based Targets Stakeholder Advisory Group
- OIA invited World Resources Institute to speak about setting Science-Based Targets and opportunities for the outdoor industry at the most recent Sustainability Insights Conference at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market
- OIA developed outdoor industry CEO Climate Alliance and Pledge
How Do I Set a Science-Based Target?
- See the step-by-step guide here.
- For more information on approaches and methods, read the science-based target manual.
How Can I Learn More?
- Learn more about the Science Based Targets Initiative
- View participating companies
- Read these case studies
- Contact OIA at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Science Based Targets Initiative at email@example.com