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Science-based targets quickly have become de rigueur for companies with aspirations to be leaders on climate change. And quite right, too. The idea that corporate targets should be based on what’s required, rather than what feels achievable, is something Forum for the Future has been advocating for some time.
But I’m becoming increasingly cynical about how science-based targets are playing out in practice — especially in light of the release of the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 degrees Celsius.