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This course consists of a two-day in-person workshop, where you will not only develop the skills required to calculate your business' carbon footprint, but also the knowledge required to plan your next steps and share your carbon commitments with your stakeholders. 
Working in small groups with like-minded businesses, you will learn about the drivers for creating an organisational footprint, gain awareness of standards for calculating emissions discover the data you'll need and where to find it.  We will also explore the jargon around net zero, myth-busting and greenwashing.
With new skills and tools in hand, you’ll have time between sessions to gather information from your organisation, discover where your challenges are in data collection and any knowledge gaps, and bring them back to review with our experts in Carbon Footprinting.   
In the second session, you’ll learn how to access global emissions databases to calculate your carbon, identify hotspots within your organisation and develop a roadmap for manageable actions in the short, medium and long term, including how to get buy-in and communicate effectively internally and with your wider stakeholders.  
You will leave this course with much more than just a number – fully equipped to be more than just a bystander in the race to net zero.

What you'll gain from this course

Climate change is an urgent global issue, and businesses play a crucial role in mitigating its impact. By transitioning to net-zero emissions, your organisation can significantly contribute to global climate goals while reaping benefits such as reduced operational costs, enhanced brand reputation and future-proofing against regulatory changes.
Calculating your carbon footprint provides you with a baseline of where your emissions are coming from, enabling you to take targeted, impactful and measurable action.
You will hear from leading experts in Carbon Footprinting for the manufacturing sector, from businesses with first-hand experience of reducing their carbon impacts, and make the most of the beautiful Cornish setting through ‘netwalking’ opportunities.
This course offers a unique opportunity to join other like-minded businesses in the Net Zero Exchange – an online platform for knowledge sharing, support and events.
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Who is this course for?

Key details

Dates: 10 July and 24 July 2024*
Duration: 12 hours (2 x 6-hour sessions)
Format: In person
Location: Landhydrock Hotel (10 July) and Lost Gardens of Heligan (24 July)
Course Fee: Fully funded in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Certificate: Certificate of Completion issued by the University of Plymouth

*The sessions are 2 weeks apart to allow time for participants to gather the information necessary

General information

The Carbon Footprinting: Measuring your Organisation's Impact and Planning for Positive Change course is fully funded for organisations based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through the Future is Green short courses project.
If you have a baseline carbon footprint for your organisation, and want to be able to calculate the next iteration, or to understand more about how it was calculated, this course will help you delve deeper and gain more insight into how to take action on climate.
If you have made a start in gathering data or implementing plans, but have found yourself stuck, you’ll be able to explore how to navigate obstacles and reach a reliable and accurate footprint from which to take meaningful steps towards becoming more sustainable.
The course is ideal for anyone interested in finding out and sharing what their enterprise's carbon footprint is and is open to enterprises from any sector and of any size, whether you are a sole trader, a Small-Medium Enterprise (SME), a charity or a public sector organisation. 


An elementary understanding of net zero and the key terms would be beneficial but not essential.

Assessment and certification 

Upon completion of the course, you will be issued with a certificate of completion. Completion of the course is defined as attendance for duration and participation in the activities.

Learning outcomes

This training goes beyond calculating carbon. You will gain the confidence and ability to take action, reduce your impact and positively convey your plans to your customers, suppliers and stakeholders.
You’ll learn how to:
  • identify your business' carbon hotspots
  • prioritise opportunities to reduce your emissions
  • develop and deploy your own action plan
  • embed a culture of continual improvement across your enterprise
  • share your successes, avoid greenwashing and maximise the impact for your business
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Spaces are limited to ensure a personalised learning experience. Please complete this form to register your interest in taking part in the Carbon Footprinting: Measuring your Organisation's Impact and Planning for Positive Change course.

About The Future is Green?

The Future is Green is a collaborative project that delivers skills development courses and programmes to individuals across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to support the development of skills needed for the future green economy.
The project is funded by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Good Growth Fund through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK Government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.
Visit Future is Green short courses to find out about more training courses available for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly businesses.

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