Science-based targets for action

Research indicates that the growing instability of our planet’s ecological system poses an existential threat to humanity.

This area supports the ongoing development and implementation of Action2020, an ambitious collaboration between the WBCSD and a globally prominent network of scientists, which aims to develop targets for how businesses and markets can improve sustainability efforts.

Activity includes deepening engagement with the WBCSD; the appointment of the Centre Director as a WBCSD Professor-in-Residence, providing scientific advice to the WBCSD and actively engaged in developing and utilising science-based targets for business action; and the appointment of Prof. Rodney Irwin of WBCSD as an Honorary Teaching Fellow at the Pentland Centre.

Work also includes growing “business and the atmosphere” as a new topic to better quantify and communicate the links and interactions between business emissions and pollution impacts; and co-authoring a high profile Nature Comment with Christiana Figueres (Mission2020, former Executive Secretary of UNFCCC) on carbon emission targets. There will also be work to develop links with Mission 2020 and define a strategy that positions the Pentland Centre as a facilitator of sustainability science communication.

Key researchers: Professor Whiteman, Dr. Jessica Davies, Dr. Paul Young