What is carbon literacy?

Being Carbon Literate involves having an awareness of how the costs and impacts of everyday activities can affect the climate, and how individuals can reduce emissions independently, within their community and on an organisational basis.

Carbon Literacy training teaches and suggests actions that can be done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Literacy Project’s key aim is based on cut our carbon emissions based on science-based targets. 

Carbon Literacy training is offered through workplaces, educational institutions and communities across the UK and beyond. At betternotstop, we have created our own ‘Carbon Literacy for Professionals’ course to help businesses understand this subject. Facilitated as two half-day workshops online, or a full-day workshop in person we help you understand more about Climate Change and what you can do to take action!

Why should you become carbon literate?

Carbon literate citizens understand how climate change will affect them both socially and economically – and have acquired the knowledge and skills to lower their carbon footprint, with typical realised carbon savings of 5-15% per person. 

Carbon Literacy is also a desirable asset for any employer. A Carbon Literate citizen will display compassion toward the environment, their health and the health of those around them. This certification allows you to show your commitment to helping solve some of the biggest challenges that we face.

Organisations can also become a Carbon Literate Organisation (CLO), which is an organisation that has been accredited by The Carbon Literacy Project. This status can be used to better interact with communities, whether they are staff or customers, neighbours, learners, suppliers or stakeholders.

A Carbon Literate Organisation typically experiences a decrease in energy and resource consumption, an improved organisational profile, healthier and happier staff, a healthier working environment, a safer supply chain, lower variable costs, enhanced competitiveness, and reduced commercial risk. 

CLO accreditation also demonstrates an organisation’s corporate social responsibility in the most precise possible way.

Employers will also do the training to help their employees to be carbon literate, which will help businesses be more sustainable and save money on reducing waste and finding money-saving opportunities. 

How can betternotstop help you become Carbon Literacy accredited

At betternotstop, we help businesses to understand how sustainability can help them to increase revenue, customer base and employee retention by implementing sustainable strategies, policies and frameworks. We’ve created a Carbon Literacy for Professionals course consisting of 8 hours of learning, both interactively and independently to combat the climate crisis. 

Here at betternotstop, we split training into 2 half-day sessions or full work-day training. We will guide you through the course where you will learn the skills needed to become carbon literate alongside helping you to reduce both your company’s and employees’ carbon footprint. 

The course covers a wide range of topics, providing learners with the opportunity to understand climate science and issues such as climate justice, environmental risk in business,  scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions and learning how local councils and governments are responding to the climate crisis. 

After completing the course, you’ll be required to complete a Participant Evidence form which will then be sent to the Carbon Literacy Project for approval. Once the form has been approved you will receive your certificate. 

Register to be a part of our next carbon literacy training register here

At betternotstop, we also provide a B Corp Boot Camp e-learning course for individuals interested in becoming a B Corp but want to do the process at their own pace. 

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