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 Carbon Literacy for Organisations 

Hundreds of Australians have completed our program and feel more confident when speaking carbon. You will also have the option to receive a certificate after completing your Evidence of Learning.

According to the Carbon Literacy Project (CLP), Carbon Literacy means “an awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.” 

Our Carbon Literacy certification was created specifically for the needs of organisations.

Carbon Literacy for Organisations brings people from different business functions to a common baseline understanding, empowering action on sustainability issues across the organisation. The program has been described by corporate participants as "a good way to structure and combine all the learning & reading in this area - making sense of the mess of information flying around".

People Learning

What's Involved?

Interactive Online Modules & Live Workshops

We think you'll love:

  • our online modules, with capability to comment and interact with other participants and course staff

  • our use of the MIT EN-ROADS simulator to design live activities around decarbonisation solutions

  • when appropriate, our use of the Harvard Net Zero simulation to help participants model organisational action paths to emission reduction

Scientific Rigour & Currency

We think you'll love:

  • our objective, evidence-based approach to learning, debunking myths and stamping out misinformation

  • wherever possible, our program materials are peer-reviewed, and we cite our sources

  • the ThinkZero Carbon Literacy program materials are updated annually to reflect changes in market and national commitments

Appropriate & Actionable for Businesses

We think you'll love:

  • our introduction to the new IFRS - ISSB reporting standards

  • our insights on carbon pricing and markets, and introduction on how to set an appropriate internal carbon price

  • our insights on how to set and communicate a credible emission reduction target

  • our short live module on greenwashing risk

Accessible, Pragmatic and Jargon-free

We think you'll love: 

  • our ability to simplify complex topics, demystifying climate change and carbon concepts

  • our Vocabulary of Decarbonisation, in our online modules

  • accessibility - we tailor examples to suit your specific context

  • pragmatic - we give you just what you need to take your next steps

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, founder of Australia's first ever Carbon Literacy program, and expert in case-based training and learning. 

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Learning Goals

Our program 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 program 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 program is an important 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. 

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3. Live Workshop 2 & Case Activity

4. Evidence of Learning & Certification


The final module of the program 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, or participate in a workshop on Reporting Requirements or Greenwashing Risk Management.

If you wish to be certified, you can choose to write and submit an assessment (a 'Carbon Pledge') upon completing the course. ThinkZero will submit your assessment 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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Your Program, Your Way

ThinkZero has delivered to hundreds of individuals in Australia. We shape the delivery of each program to suit the needs of each organisation and client. We have delivered our programs online using videoconferencing; in hybrid mode; and in-person (either one full-day (6 hours) or two half-days (3 hours each). We also have the ability to build a bespoke program, just for you!

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Online Learning

Are you ready to ThinkZero and speak carbon?

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