How ambitious is your institution?
This is the year by which the institution aims to reach the above target. The earlier the date, the more ambitious the target.
Science based approach:
Institutions using a Science based approach - using the Science Based Target Initiative methodology - gain points here as we believe taking a Science based approach will mean the target and accompanying action plan are achievable and effective.
An ideal carbon target is accompanied by a comprehensive action plan that helps ensure this target is met. This should include a planned emission reduction curve.
Student and staff representation:
Targets should be developed alongside input from student and staff representatives. This could be students and/or students' unions, and staff and/or trade unions. This allows key stakeholders to influence ambitious target setting.
Offsetting is a way of compensating for emissions by participating in, or funding, efforts to take carbon out of the atmosphere. Best practice is limiting offsetting to unavoidable scope 3 emissions.