Road to Net Zero and the Biodiversity Crisis (City and Guilds Certified)

Did you know that over 90% of global GDP is estimated to be tied to targets around Net Zero and it cover roughly 90% of global carbon emissions?

However, not all net zero targets are made equal and many organisations have been accused of greenwashing at worst and sometimes confusion at best.

By enrolling in our Road to Net Zero you can help your organisation make clear and consistent path and really make a difference, being ahead of the curve, having cutting edge employees and offering a desirable place to work and one to be proud of.

This City and Guilds verified course will cover the basics of Net Zero as well as the main areas that all organisations should be looking at to make holistic changes.

These areas are:

  • Energy
  • Circular Economy and Waste
  • Transport
  • Procurement

We will also cover Biodiversity, the less talked about crisis directly related to the climate crisis that will give you a rounded appreciation of all the main areas an organisation should be concerned about when tackling these issues and creating their own road to net zero.


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.


Now we have established the overarching themes that everyone should be familiar with this is the first of 5 areas that are included in the Pathway to Net Zero.

We build knowledge and awareness of what the current and future outlook on energy is as well as look at case studies locally and globally. The skills developed in this module will allow participants to lower their footprint from energy and therefore save both resource and money.

Circular Economy and Waste

Building knowledge and skills on the current and future outlook in the area of waste and the concept of a Circular Economy where items are not just made, used and then disposed of.

Participants will be able to build skills to help them on a journey to becoming Zero Waste as much as possible.


Building knowledge and skills on the current and future outlook in the area of transport making a distinction between Scope 1 (travelling whilst at work) and Scope 3 (travelling out with work) and how this impacts our daily commute and beyond.

This module will build skills to help evaluate and ultimately lower footprints from travel.


Ethical and Sustainable Procurement is sometimes seen as an afterthought or tick box exercise that a lot of organisations or individuals think little about. This module will cover some of the main tenants of Sustainable Procurement such as economic, social and environmental issues. This will also give people the knowledge and skills to deal with supply chains of goods and services in a sustainable way from external organisations and providers.

Entry Requirements

Demonstrate Carbon Literacy (certificate or experience).

Road to Net Zero
LocationDistance Learning – Delivered Online
Duration4 Half Days
Start DatePlease contact us for availability.


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