Business Growth

Carbon Literacy for SMEs

Sustainability & Low Carbon

28/08/2024 9:00 am

28/08/2024 5:00 pm


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For further information on this event, please contact: Hannah Kerridge on 07741 163242 or email


Consumers and businesses are becomingly increasingly conscious of the environmental impact of their purchases. In today’s environmentally aware market, sustainability and proving your credentials can be a significant differentiator.

Carbon literacy certification provides real evidence of backing up your sustainability goals. This can translate into a stronger brand image, increased customer loyalty and a better bottom line.


This full day online one-day course is designed to increase awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation of each of us as individuals, communities and organisations to reduce emissions.

The course has been developed by Now or Never in partnership with the Carbon Literacy Project. Attending it will help you become a Carbon Literate employee which means:

• Understanding how climate change affects you and the people around you, both geographically and by sector.

• Acquiring the knowledge and skills to develop your own responses to lowering your own and your organisation’s carbon footprint.

• Displaying compassion for the environment, your health, and the health of those around you.

The benefits of acquiring this knowledge are as follows:

• Enables you to reduce the emissions at your place of work (typical realised carbon savings of certified participants is 5-15% per person).

• Increases the competitive advantage of your organisation and embeds a culture of sustainability.

• Supports your colleagues to understand their footprint and its effects, and find greener, more efficient and cost effective solutions as a result.

• Adds to your skillset in an area of direct appeal to employers.

Certification is awarded following the successful completion of this approved Carbon Literacy course whereby each learner is awarded a uniquely-coded Carbon Literacy certificate to reference that achievement.

What outcomes can you expect from joining us

What’s covered:
• Understanding up-to-date climate science
• Considering the risk of climate crisis in business
• Understanding climate justice
• Individual vs collective action
• Understanding climate change related to your organisation
• Reviewing Climate Action Plan case studies across various sectors
• Putting your plan of action in place.

At the end of the training, you will be invited to outline the practical steps you’re committed to taking that will reduce carbon emissions and reduce costs both for you personally and for your organisation.

Additional Information

Workshops are open to start-up and established small to medium sized enterprises located in the following local authority areas taking part in the East Midlands Chamber’s Accelerator project:
Amber Valley; Ashfield; Bassetlaw; Broxtowe; Chesterfield; Derby; Derbyshire Dales; Erewash; Gedling; High Peak; Leicester City; Mansfield; Newark & Sherwood; North East Derbyshire; Nottingham; Rushcliffe; South Derbyshire.
(Please note: Businesses based in districts not participating in the Accelerator project (i.e. Bolsover/ Leicestershire) may attend providing they are members of East Midlands Chamber. In such instances, please contact Hannah Kerridge on 07741 163242 who will approve your booking)
The Accelerator project delivers online webinars and full-day workshops. The webinars are designed as one-hour taster sessions and the workshops as full-day training sessions which are designed to provide delegates with an actionable plan and strategy.
This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and is delivered by East Midlands Chamber.

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