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Carbon Literacy for Organisations

Our "Carbon Literacy" course and curriculum are designed by Dr Cle-Anne Gabriel and accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project, UK. Cle-Anne is an international sustainability expert, Australian national award-winning educator, co-founder of Australia's first ever Carbon Literacy program, and expert in case-based training and learning. 


We have trained hundreds of Australians. When you complete our course, you will feel more confident when speaking carbon. You will also have the option to receive a certificate after completing a short reflective assessment (a 'Carbon Pledge').

Our Carbon Literacy certification was created specifically for the needs of organisations. Our Carbon Literacy course helps bring organisations to a common understanding, giving them the tools to act on issues of ecological and social sustainability. What does it mean to be a Carbon Literate team or organisation?

Course Philosophy

Our aim is to inspire organisational leaders and their teams to understand the implications of climate change and sustainability more broadly, and to give them the language and a starter pack of tools to act. We want to show organisations that they can start now on their journey to Net Zero with a single step - carbon literacy!

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Learning Goals

Our course is delivered with four learning and action goals in mind: 

2 goals focused on individual understanding and responsibility, plus 2 goals focused on collective and organisational understanding and responsibility.

Discuss the role of carbon markets and pricing, decarbonisation plans & roadmaps and/or a decarbonisation Action Plan for a real-life organisation.

What can we do?

What should I know?

Understand the basic science of the carbon cycle, climate change, circular economy, and sustainability. Introduce contemporary sustainability frameworks and why organisations should know them.

What should we know?

Demystify jargon around carbon sources and sinks, including emission scopes, offsets, net zero target-setting, climate risks & opportunities, and carbon neutrality.

What can I do?

Plan and model real-life individual and systemic solutions, then take action.

The activities in this course are designed to encourage you, and provide your organisation with the basic tools needed to act on climate change, specifically, but also more broadly on other sustainability issues including circular economy and social equity.

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Learning Journey

This course is the first step on your organisational journey towards a low-carbon future. It provides an enhanced learning experience tailored to the needs of your organisation through 8 hours of training:

2 hours pre-work (self-directed, online); and

6 hours live workshops (2 half-days).

1. Self-Paced Pre-Reading

In our 2-hour online module, you will learn the science and economics of climate change. You will be supported to understand the scope of your organisational carbon responsibilities. This will include understanding the societal impacts, within Australian and global natural and economic environments. You will calculate a carbon footprint in preparation for the first live session. Resources include: a glossary of key decarbonisation terms, and an overview of the Drawdown framework. Your organisation has the option to prepare your own carbon (and other sustainability) information or project as the case study for your interactive workshop. If this is the case, we will ask you to supply the relevant information in advance, to give our facilitators enough time to prepare.

2. Live Workshop 1 & MIT Simulation

Your facilitator will lead you through a discussion of your calculated carbon footprint and the concrete actions you can take to reduce it. This discussion will be combined with an introduction to contemporary sustainability frameworks, alongside an understanding of the trade-offs enroute to a low-carbon future.​You will also use MIT’s acclaimed EN-ROADS simulator to devise a policy mix to transition the world to a future with a temperature increase below 1.5C. The first session concludes with a comparison to Australia's own simulated future, and a discussion of the latest national net-zero plans.

3. Live Workshop 2 & Case Activity

4. Assessment & Certification

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The final module of the course has three focal points: Understand the carbon sources and sinks framework, and how these relate to your organisation's responsibilities within its value chain. In this second live module, we will discuss carbon pricing and markets, Australia's Safeguard Mechanism, climate risks and opportunities, reporting requirements for organisations (including the IFRS Standards), and organisational risks related to greenwashing. In team-based sessions, your organisation may also request a bespoke Carbon Literacy training experience based on your own carbon data and/or organisational circumstances. You and your team will then devise a course of action for your own organisation. Present a 30-second ‘elevator pitch’ at the end of the program, which effectively communicates the implications of climate change, with accompanying solutions.

If you wish to be certified, you can choose to write and submit a ‘Carbon Pledge’ upon completing the course. ThinkZero will submit your pledge to the Carbon Literacy Project (UK) on your behalf for certification. Your 'Carbon Pledge' must cover the following three aspects: (1) societal solutions; (2) individual actions you intend to take; and (3) group action you intend to lead or contribute to.

IMPORTANT: If you are a Board Member, or a member of the C-suite of your organisation, once you are certified your entire organisation becomes eligible to apply for Bronze-level CLO accreditation. 

Ask us how! Email or visit our CLO page.

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Are you ready to ThinkZero and speak carbon?

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