Net Zero and Science-Based Targets

This introductory course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the concepts surrounding Net Zero and Science-Based Targets (SBTs). As the world grapples with the urgent need to mitigate climate change, these concepts have emerged as critical frameworks for organizations, businesses, and governments to align their actions with the goals of limiting global warming and achieving carbon neutrality. Participants will delve into the fundamentals of Net Zero and SBTs, exploring their significance, principles, and methodologies. Through a blend of lectures, case studies, and interactive discussions, this course equips learners with the knowledge and tools necessary to embark on the journey towards sustainability and climate resilience.


Module Plan

  • Overview of the climate crisis
  • Impacts of climate change on ecosystems and communities
  • The urgency of addressing climate change
  • Role of Net Zero and Science-Based Targets in mitigating climate change
  • Definition and principles of Net Zero
  • Different types of emissions (Scope 1, 2, and 3)
  • Strategies for achieving Net Zero emissions
  • Importance of renewable energy and carbon offsetting
  • Definition and significance of Science-Based Targets
  • Criteria for setting Science-Based Targets
  • Importance of aligning targets with climate science
  • Examples of organizations with ambitious SBTs
  • Overview of sector-specific methodologies (e.g., SBTi, GHG Protocol)
  • Greenhouse gas accounting and reporting standards
  • Tools and resources for setting SBTs (e.g., carbon calculators, emissions inventories)
  • Examination of leading organizations’ journeys towards Net Zero and SBTs
  • Lessons learned and best practices from successful implementations
  • Case studies from various industries (e.g., technology, manufacturing, transportation)
  • Barriers to adopting Net Zero and SBTs
  • Opportunities for innovation and collaboration
  • Policy frameworks and regulatory considerations
  • Business case for transitioning to Net Zero and SBTs
  • Embedding sustainability into corporate culture and strategy
  • Engaging stakeholders and fostering partnerships
  • Setting short-term and long-term goals
  • Monitoring, reporting, and verifying progress towards Net Zero and SBTs
  • Recap of key learnings from the course
  • Action planning for implementing Net Zero and SBTs in participants’ organizations
  • Resources for further learning and support, including networks and organizations supporting sustainability efforts.
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