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Workshop overview

The Net Zero and Climate Change workshop will explore the concept of net zero and its significance in combating climate change. Beginning with an overview of greenhouse gas emissions and their impact, we'll delve into strategies for achieving net-zero carbon emissions, considering sectors like energy, transport, buildings and agriculture, where most emissions come from.
Through case studies, interactive activities and quizzes, learners will gain insights into how to reduce their carbon footprint, introducing the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
The workshop also introduces the carbon handprint concept, a positive forward-looking action that can be taken. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand the importance of transitioning to a net-zero economy and the role both individuals and organisations play in driving this transformation for a sustainable future.

Learning outcomes 

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:
  • define key terms related to net zero and climate change 
  • articulate why the climate system is changing 
  • understand the nature and impacts of these changes
  • have an indication of your individual carbon footprint and the major contributing factors  
  • understand the actions that individuals, organisations and governments can take to mitigate climate change.
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Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is designed for a broad audience of those who are curious about net zero and interested in learning about sustainable practices, climate change mitigation, and the global push towards achieving net-zero emissions.
The workshop is for businesses, NGOs, community groups, public sector workers and individuals. Whether you're a student exploring environmental sciences, a professional seeking to integrate sustainability into your business, a policy maker looking to understand the impacts of climate legislation, or simply someone passionate about contributing to a healthier planet, this workshop offers valuable insights into the complex challenge of climate change and the strategies being employed to address it.
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Workshop content (100% live online sessions)


  •  Welcome and workshop overview  
  •  Importance of net zero in the context of climate change 
  •  Definition and key concepts – what do we mean by climate change and net zero?

Why do we need to reach net zero?

  • Overview of the climate crisis  
  • Global warming and greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Introduction to net zero as a solution

Foundations of net zero

  •  Principles of net zero
  •  Understanding carbon footprints 
  •  Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions 

Introducing the net-zero handprint

  • Introduction to the handprint concept
  • Exploring individual, organisational, regional and global contexts
  • Introduction to local area plans: Net-Zero Action Plan, Devon Carbon Plan, Cornwall Climate Change Action Plan
  • Sustainable practices in personal and professional life
  • Case studies: successful net zero initiatives 

Conclusion and next steps

  • Summary of key takeaways 
  • Resources and further reading 

Workshop dates available 

Next workshop:
  • Thursday 23 May 2024, 09:30 – 12:30
Future workshop dates:
  • Tuesday 8 October 2024, 09:30 – 12:30 
  • Wednesday 15 January 2025, 09:30 – 12:30 
  • Thursday 10 April 2025, 14:00 – 17:00 
  • Wednesday 11 June 2025, 14:00 – 17:00 

Workshop prerequisites

No prior knowledge of net zero is needed, making this workshop an excellent starting point for anyone motivated to learn about the pivotal concept of net zero and its role in the global effort to mitigate climate change.
An interest in sustainability, net zero and climate change would be beneficial.
An open mind and willingness to learn are essential. 

Assessment and certification 

There is no assessment. You are asked to participate and complete the tasks within the workshop. You will be issued with a certificate of attendance.

Cost and contact information

This workshop is offered free of charge.
If you have any questions or would like further details, please contact Saul Whitford at

If you would like to sign up for the three-hour Net Zero and Climate Change workshop, please register your place.
Registration will close the day before the workshop takes place.

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