Strategic Roadmap to Net Zero Policy

The Government’s Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet its Net Zero target by 2050. 

The strategy has been cascaded down through the public sectors, including the NHS and County Councils, to address the issue of climate change and the reduction of carbon outputs internally and through their supply chain.

Public sector procurement policies now seek evidence of Carbon Reduction Plans (CRP) and Net Zero Targets of those organisations wishing to secure contracts through them.

In a recent survey conducted by Colchester Institute, 68% of companies stated that they had a sustainability policy, of which 35% stated they needed training in developing and implementing clear strategies by which they can set targets and measure outcomes.

‘Sustainability, Carbon Literacy, and how to plan for Net Zero’ has been designed to assist organisations wishing to start their own green journey alongside those needing to build on work already in progress.  



Practical Carbon Literacy

Course content:

  • Introduction to Sustainability, Carbon and Net Zero.

A general introduction into key terms used such as Sustainability, Caron 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. We will cover some of the other main topics that we feature throughout the course as well as get to grips with what is expected on completion of the whole course including the Action Plan and Climate Strategy.

We will also introduce participants to each other as collaborative working always helps not just to learn but to sync up people in the wider Colchester and Essex area, in order to make greater change as well provide us delivering to have specific context about what people want and need from the course.

  • 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.”

Road to Net Zero
  • Biodiversity

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.

  • Energy

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 is possible.

  • Transport

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.

  • Procurement

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.

Strategy and Policy of Net Zero
  • Offsetting

This module will deal with what individuals and organisations can do either with emissions they cannot reduce on the way to net zero or to even go beyond.

It will develop skills and knowledge to know what this area is and how it is applicable to them whilst making sure they avoid any sense of greenwashing that is quite prevalent in this area.

  • Business

As we move beyond the main areas that can lead to net zero we look into some specific areas that businesses can do related to the participants areas of expertise.

The knowledge and skills in this module will allow participants to take the knowledge from the previous modules and begin to tighten up and formalise the Action Plans and Strategy documents to take the course from the classroom to their own areas.

  • Embedding

Now we have built up so much knowledge and skills we will look into embedding all of these elements into our organisations.

We will develop skills and knowledge in behaviour change, communications and legacy building so that the work done to this point is just the starting point that will ultimately bring long lasting change.

  • Legislation, Regulation and Policy.

The UK Government has pledged to transition the country to Net Zero by 2050 and this module will go from the global to the local as we explore both the legislation, regulations and policy that are in place now but what that means for you and your area.

The skills developed in this module will help participants both prepare but be ahead of the curve of what is coming in all the areas we have covered in the course so far.

  • Action Plan, Strategy and Course sign off.

We finish off by finalising our Action Plans and Strategies and come together to share what we have learned with each as we look to the future, fully prepared and ready to tackle the challenge of making a Net Zero future a reality.


Following the completion of this course, delegates will receive the following:

  • Carbon Literacy Project Certificate
  • City and Guild Certificate of achievement of Introduction to Sustainability
  • City and Guild Certificate of achievement of Road to Net Zero and the Biodiversity Crisis
  • City and Guild Certificate of achievement of Net Zero Advanced
  • City and Guild Certificate of achievement of Net Zero Complete


Strategic Roadmap to Net Zero Policy
Distance Learning – Delivered Online
Duration9 Half Days
Campus / Adult Skills CentreColchester Campus
Start DatePlease contact us for availability.


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