Science-Based Climate Targets (C-FACT) Greenhouse gas target setting approach for sustainable companies and cities

Corporate and City Sustainability - C-FACT

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called for industrialized countries to reduce GHG emissions by 85% by the year 2050 to help stabilize the climate. Autodesk’s innovative C-FACT (Corporate Finance Approach to Climate-Stabilizing Targets) methodology is a business- and environmentally-friendly model to help companies set targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions, by allowing them to:

  • Align corporate GHG emissions reduction targets with the IPCC goal
  • Adjust for a company’s relative contribution to global GDP (gross domestic product)
  • Annually recalculate targets based on the previous year’s performance

This methodology helped Autodesk win the number-one spot in the first-ever science-based GHG ranking of public companies. We encourage companies to adopt and build upon this open source approach to reducing their corporate carbon footprint in line with global scientific and economic-based goals.

C-FACT for Cities helps cities set scientific and economic-based targets for measuring and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. C-FACT makes it easy and cost-effective for city leaders to set both absolute and intensity carbon footprint reduction goals.

We invite cities to adopt and build upon C-FACT to further improve the model.

The approach simplifies the process of deriving a city’s greenhouse gas (GHG) target in four basic steps:

  • Step 1: Calculate a climate stabilization target relative to your city’s economic value.
  • Step 2: Commit publicly to a specific time frame for achieving your GHG reduction goal.
  • Step 3: Annualize the reduction goals over your commitment time frame to set yearly targets for your city.
  • Step 4: Adjust by updating data annually to calculate revised targets based on your progress, and publish annual performance results.

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