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The SBTi is also working to define a science-based standard for net-zero target setting, to ensure that companies’ net-zero targets translate into action that is consistent with achieving a net-zero world by no later than 2050. We know that governments and business must act together. In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that global warming must not exceed 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial temperatures to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. Business has a vital role to play in driving down greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and building a resilient, zero-emissions economy grounded in science.

Science-based targets show companies how much and how quickly businesses need to reduce their GHG emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, leading them on a clear path towards decarbonization. By guiding companies in science-based target setting, SBTi enables them to tackle climate change while seizing the benefits and boosting their competitiveness in the transition to a net-zero economy.

American International Voluntary Consensus Standards. ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, over 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access, and trade, and build consumer confidence. Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by us, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use. DELTTA AND ASTM, are partnering with organizations to provide the technical infrastructure you need to meet top-level priorities.

ASTM International leadership in international standards development is driven by the contributions of our members: more than 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals representing 140 countries. Working in an open and transparent process and using ASTM’s advanced IT infrastructure, our members create the test methods, specifications, classifications, guides, and practices that support industries and governments worldwide.

We welcome and encourage participation from around the world. Our open consensus process, using advanced Internet-based standards development tools, ensures worldwide access for all interested individuals. ASTM International standards are the tools of customer satisfaction and competitiveness for companies across a wide range of markets. Through more than 140 technical standards-writing committees, we serve a broad range of industries: metals, construction, petroleum, consumer products and many more. When new industries — like nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, and industrial biotechnology — look to advance the growth of cutting-edge technologies through standardization, many of them come to ASTM International.

ASTM standards are passports to a successful global trading strategy. Our high quality, market-relevant standards, developed in accordance with the guiding principles of the World Trade Organization, fuel trade by opening new markets and creating new trading partners for enterprises everywhere. For businesses ranging from Fortune 500 leaders to emerging startups, our standards help level the playing field to foster competition in the global economy.

Beyond standards development, ASTM offers certification and declaration through our subsidiary, the Safety Equipment Institute, as well as technical training programs and proficiency testing. All our programs complement our standards development activities and provide enterprise solutions for companies, government agencies, researchers, and laboratories worldwide.

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