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Mitigation Goal Standard

The GHG Protocol Mitigation Goal Standard provides guidance for designing national and subnational mitigation goals and a standardized approach for assessing and reporting progress toward goal achievement.

The standard can help governments set emission-reduction targets, meet domestic and international emissions reporting obligations to groups like the UNFCCC, and ensure that efforts to reduce emissions are achieving their intended results.

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Mitigation Goal Standard Background

The GHG Protocol Mitigation Goal Standard was developed along with the Policy and Action Standard, an accounting and reporting standard for estimating the greenhouse gas effect of policies and actions.

Over 270 participants from 40 countries were involved in developing the two new standards. As part of the process, pilot tests were conducted on goals at the national or subnational level in Chile, India, Israel, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Mitigation Goal Standard Purpose

Mitigation goals are commitments to limit GHG emissions to a specified quantity by a specified date. The GHG Protocol Mitigation Goal Standard provides guidance for designing national and subnational mitigation goals and a standardized approach for assessing and reporting progress toward goal achievement. The standard was developed with the following objectives in mind:  

  • To help users assess and report progress toward mitigation goals in an accurate, consistent, transparent, complete, and relevant manner
  • To help policymakers and other decision makers develop effective strategies for managing and reducing GHG emissions guided by their climate and/or sustainable development objectives
  • To support consistent and transparent public reporting of mitigation goal design choices and progress toward goal achievement guided by users’ national or subnational circumstances and needs
  • To support national governments in meeting international reporting obligations (for example, National Communications and biennial reports/biennial update reports) under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), if relevant
  • To create more international consistency and transparency in the way jurisdictions design and assess progress toward mitigation goals
  • To help national and subnational governments design and implement mitigation goals that make a transparent and meaningful contribution to effective global GHG mitigation

Who Can Use the Mitigation Goal Standard? 

This standard is intended primarily for national and subnational government agencies involved in setting and tracking mitigation goals.

Companies and organizations may also find this guidance useful. They may also refer to Chapter 11 of the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard for specific guidance on corporate mitigation goals. The standard may also be useful for research institutions and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that are assessing the emissions impacts of mitigation goals and tracking progress toward their achievement.

Policy and Action Standard
The GHG Protocol Policy and Action Standard provides a standardized approach for estimating the greenhouse gas effect of policies and actions.

Mitigation Goal Standard Online Course

The course is designed to help users design GHG reduction goals and track progress. Available in English, French and Spanish.

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