Practical Carbon Literacy

This short course delivered over two half days which has been designed to give an introduction to Practical Carbon Literacy. Carbon Literacy means understanding how our day to day activities generate carbon, the climate and environmental impacts of carbon emissions, and the choices we can make to reduce carbon emissions. The course will help delegates understand how they can measure their carbon footprint and reduce this, and begin to action plan how they could translate this into the businesses they work at and the organisations they are a part of.

Course Content

Introduction to Sustainability, Carbon and Net Zero

A general introduction into key terms used such as Sustainability, Carbon and Net Zero. Also we will explore others like climate, weather, global warming, the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the climate emergency to name a few.

Carbon Literacy

This will be an externally verified element of the course through the Carbon Literacy Trust in Manchester. The outcomes, as articulated by the trust themselves states that Carbon Literacy:

“An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”


Similar to Carbon Literacy this module will build knowledge and understanding of the concept of biodiversity and the value of nature. It will build skills and behaviours that have a positive impact on the conservation and positive relationship with the natural environment.

Entry Requirements

There are no course pre-requisites or entry requirements for this course.


Carbon Literacy Project Certificate as well as assured City and Guilds certificate of completion

Practical Carbon Literacy
LocationDistance Learning – Delivered Online
Duration2 Half Days
Start DateThe course runs on the 16th and 23rd February 2024
AttendanceThe online sessions for this course are delivered from 12pm until 4pm


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