FTSE 100 Net Zero Emissions Targets Reveal Critical Success Factors

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Executive Summary

This report helps firms navigate the process of making a net zero emissions target, with particular regard to the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) methodology. The report discusses the varying strategies firms can adopt to achieve net zero emissions, considering different scopes, timeframes and abatement methodologies. The report examines the current state of net zero targets amongst FTSE 100 constituents and identifies critical success factors in making net zero commitments.

Table of contents

Net Zero Targets Become Standard Business Practice 
Sustainability Leaders Need To Develop Net Zero Emissions Strategies
FTSE 100 Net Zero GHG Emissions Goals Show Wide Variance
Seven Success Factors For Net Zero Target Commitments 

Table of figures

Figure 1. Scope 1, 2 And 3 Emissions  
Figure 2. Net Zero Emissions Target Dates For FTSE 100 Firms  
Figure 3. Net Zero Emissions Targets By 2035: Industry Segmentation  
Figure 4. FTSE 100 Firms Without Public Net Zero Emissions Goals: Industry Segmentation  

About the authors

Connor Taylor

Industry Analyst
Connor is an Industry Analyst in the ESG & Sustainability practice. His current research agenda focuses on emerging software solutions across financial markets, and broader market trends in the ESG space. Connor joined Verdantix in 2021 and has experience in EHS technology sales and development. He holds a B.A from Cambridge University in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.

David Metcalfe


David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

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