Carbon Literacy Training For Business: Open Course (online)

The Project’s published definition of Carbon Literacy is:

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

The Carbon Literacy Project was set up to give everyone, everywhere, a day of training on Carbon Literacy – and in doing so, empower people to make positive change. Today, over 92,000 individuals from over 7,000 organisations have certified as Carbon Literate and that number is rising fast.

What you will gain:

Carbon literacy is there to enlighten, educate and empower.

Businesses and individuals taking part in Carbon Literacy training can expect to emerge upskilled and motivated to reduce their carbon impact both at work and in their personal lives.

Each individual trained is certified Carbon Literate by The Carbon Literacy Project.

Why Lighthouse?

Last year we trained more than 800 employees from companies including Beko plc; BT Group; Silent Night; Boston Scientific and Turley.  

Lighthouse has a proven track-record of working with businesses to deliver sustainability improvements, from building circularity into business models to reducing carbon impacts.

This course is designed by Lighthouse using years of experience, and accredited by The Carbon Literacy Project.

Our course is fast-paced, empowering and action-focused.

What you will cover:

Course timetable:

We have 4 scheduled virtual Open Courses:

There will be a maximum of 12 participants, with up to 4 from any one business. This course will be delivered online. Delegates can arrive from 8:45am onwards.

Cost of course £150 + VAT + £10 certificate costs (paid directly to The Carbon Literacy Project)

And if these dates don’t suit you…

If you want to book a course for your employees, or discuss design of a bespoke course, contact

Emma Burlow, Founder of Lighthouse Sustainability, on the benefits of Carbon Literacy Training for Businesses.


Carbon Literacy training has many specific goals. Firstly, it aims to increase awareness and understanding of climate change, its causes, and its impacts on the environment and society. This includes providing knowledge about the carbon cycle, greenhouse gas emissions, and the concept of a carbon footprint. Secondly, Carbon Literacy training seeks to empower individuals and organisations with the skills and tools needed to take action and reduce their own carbon footprint. It promotes sustainable practices, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and the adoption of renewable energy sources. Additionally, Carbon Literacy training aims to inspire individuals to become climate change advocates, sharing their knowledge and inspiring others to make a positive impact. 

Overall, the objectives of Carbon Literacy training are to Increase climate change knowledge and impacts of everyday actions, and to drive behavioural change both individually and within an organisation.

Imagine being a Carbon Literate citizen, equipped with the power to understand how climate change impacts not only yourself but also your business.  With this knowledge, you are more able to take charge of reducing your carbon footprint and also that of your company, inspiring others to do the same. Carbon Literacy training gives individuals the confidence they need to share their understanding of the climate emergency. 

The value of Carbon Literacy extends far beyond personal growth—it is a is a desirable asset for any employer. A Carbon Literate citizen will display compassion for the environment, their health and the health of those around them.

The course covers topics including:

  • The Why, What and How of carbon and climate change
  • Greenhouse gases, and their relationship to weather and climate
  • How climate change is likely to affect us in the UK and globally
  • Key terminology, including – net zero; carbon neutral; carbon footprinting, and offsetting
  • Climate Justice
  • What we are already doing – national policy and local action
  • Scopes 1, 2 and 3
  • Understanding our impact: Energy; buildings; travel; food and the circular economy
  • Motivating others to act – employee engagement
  • Next steps – making a pledge; setting targets; tools; offsetting; resources.

This course is adapted from the standard Carbon Literacy course to be appropriate specifically for business. It is suitable for anyone from junior management to CEO level. We encourage senior teams to take the course early, to demonstrate leadership and start the engagement journey.

Where possible, we tailor case studies within the training to make it sector-specific.

Our course focuses on positivity, safe space for enquiry, personal confidence, and action. We expect organisations and individuals who attend the course to participate fully, and to leave ready to take positive climate action.

In order to become certified as Carbon Literate, you must take part in a day’s worth of accredited CL learning.

At Lighthouse Sustainability, our CL courses run as 2 modules over 2 sessions, each 3.5 hours long. Participants are also required to complete 1 hour of pre-course learning and 1 hour of homework between sessions.

You must then submit a completed Participant Details and Evidence Form, including your individual and group pledges, which will be assessed by the Carbon Literacy Project. Following this, you will be awarded a Carbon Literacy certificate, unique to you.

Carbon Literacy certification requires personal pledges - at least one significant action to reduce their individual carbon footprint, and at least one significant action involving other people to reduce the collective footprint of their workplace. You will spend 30 minutes at the end of session 2 going through the pledge form and brainstorming ideas as a group. Don't worry, we will always be on hand with help and advice if you get stuck when completing your form after the workshop is complete.

These are assessed independently by the Carbon Literacy Project to ensure that the learning from the course is reflected, and that the course is resulting in appropriate levels of impact.

As this is a business facing course, the pledges should be work-based wherever possible.

From each cohort delivered, we encourage at least one participant to continue onto Carbon Literacy Train the Trainer. Please see our Train the Trainer for Carbon Literacy Page for more information on this course.

For organisations that want to go further, there is an opportunity to become a Carbon Literate Organisation (Bronze through to Platinum). As part of our services, we can help you on your journey to become a Carbon Literate certified organisation. Enquire here for further information.

Please see The Carbon Literacy Project website for more information and further FAQ’S.