ESG Data Guide 2023

The Carbon Trust - Carbon Footprinting and Science-based Targets Support

Data category

Environmental data

The data offers solutions for:

  • Carbon footprinting
  • Science-based Target-Setting

Who are the data users?

  • Corporates
  • Trustees
  • Investors
  • Government
  • Financial institutions

Brief description of the data offering

The Carbon Trust is a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and has worked with over 100 companies to set science-based targets and to align with 1.5 degrees. We have extensive experience in supporting companies on their sustainability journey, including organisational and value chain footprinting, Scope 3 category 15, Science-Based Target- Setting, and Net Zero advice and implementation support.

Our services include:

  • Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions measurement for corporates and financial institutions
  • Carbon reduction targets modelling for scope 1, 2 and 3 in line with SBTi
  • Implementation plan development
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • SBTi submission support
  • Net Zero targets advice

Where and how do you source your data?

The Carbon Trust has a customised financed emissions model used to calculate the carbon footprint of financial institutions’ portfolio and uses actual emissions data for calculations. Where actual data is not available, we use a selection of free-access and license-based data from academic, financial, and governmental sources as secondary data sources.

Guided by the GHG protocol and PCAF global standards, we work with our sector experts (e.g. in energy, forestry, real estate, infrastructure, and green finance) to deliver a baseline footprint of each asset, reflecting industry best-practice.

For science-based target-setting, we review the relevant SBTi sector guidance and begin the SBT modelling according to this guidance. Pathways are set on the baseline footprint using growth projections agreed with the client.

What is the cost for your data offering?

The Carbon Trust provides bespoke solutions designed to address the specific needs of our clients, and costs associated with our data and service offering are tailored depending on the services required. Please inquire about pricing and specific value adds at