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CLP Carbon Literacy Training Made For You

CLP Carbon Literacy Training Made For You

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Carbon Literacy®: “An awareness of the carbon dioxide costs and impacts of everyday activities, and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions, on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

Today, over 76,852 individuals from over 6,000 organisations are Carbon Literate - are you?

We will work with you to help your in-house team to devise your version of The Carbon Literacy Project training programme, specifically for your business. We will then train your team so they can continue to deliver training internally, upskilling your staff, minimising your long-term investment in training and helping you get on your way to becoming a fully Carbon Literate Organisation.


Download The Business Case for Carbon Literacy 

Included in the Complete Package that Fully Equips Your L&D Team is:

  • Adaptation for your business and industry
  • Training of an in-house team (up to five participants)
  • Recommendations for CLP facilitator programmes for trainer development
  • Mentoring of the in-house trainer team
  • Explanation CL Standards, action plan reviews, certification processing
  • Production of training course content including activities, lesson plans, slide decks and structures for online, hybrid and in-person
  • Accreditation handling with the Carbon Literacy Project to get your course accredited
  • Advocacy for your branded toolkit to become available to others worldwide, promoting your support for Carbon education
  • Licensing of your toolkit under Creative Commons (optional)
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Citizens Certified

The total number of individuals that have successfully completed their day’s worth of Carbon Literacy learning – gaining their uniquely numbered CL certification.

Actions Pledged

Each learner must pledge two significant actions – one they can take on their own and one that they will do with a wider group of people – to gain their Carbon Literacy certification. This is why the number of actions pledged is always double the number of certified citizens.

In reality, many learners pledge more than two actions, but for ease of reporting, we only count two per individual.

Carbon Saved

Learners provide evidence of the carbon saving of the actions they’ve pledged – whether it saves 10’s, 100’s or 1000’s of kg of CO2e. The Carbon Literacy project (CLP) have taken an average of this data, which they’ve collated from over 12,000 of learners, and extrapolated that to cover the actions pledged by all certified learners. This figure is their best guess but likely a gross underestimate.

The CLP expect the real figure to be much higher than this due to:

  • their requirement that actions pledged must be ‘significant’
  • multiple actions often being pledged by learners for both the individual and group actions
  • a focus on actions being pledged in the sphere the training takes place (often the workplace – where there is the opportunity to influence much greater carbon savings than an individual could in their personal life)
  • where more than one of the ’10’s, 100’s, and 1000’s’ is selected, we record the lowest selected
  • a number of really high impact actions that we are aware of that are in themselves many thousands of tonnes
  • all the additional actions that learners go on to take, over and above their pledged actions, as a result of their newfound knowledge and skills

As such, a more material study looking into the attribution of the carbon saving of actions pledged as part of Carbon Literacy training is something they would love to undertake. If you feel you’d be able to help them with this research piece to quantify Carbon Literacy’s impact, please Contact Us

Previous research on Carbon Literacy.

For reference: the current average carbon footprint of a UK citizen is 12.7 tonnes CO2e.

Certified Training Professionals

The total number of certified Carbon Literacy Training Professionals.

Courses Designed

The total number of accredited Carbon Literacy courses.

These training materials have been through the CLP's rigorous criteria checker process and have been deemed to fulfil the requirements of the Carbon Literacy Standard.


A ‘sector’ is officially counted when it reaches a critical mass in one of two ways:

  1. A recognised sectoral network or professional body adopts and implements a Carbon Literacy course with multiple organisations within the sector.
  2. There are multiple organisations collaborating to adopt and implement Carbon Literacy within their organisations and across the wider sector.


The number of sectors in which a Carbon LiteracyToolkit has been launched.

Organisations Engaged

The number of organisations with Carbon Literacy certified people.

Carbon Literate Organisations

The total number of organisations that have gained Carbon Literate Organisation (CLO) accreditation.

This is based on organisations achieving the introductory level – Bronze – and takes into account any historical accreditations.

The CLP regularly update a list of the current CLO accreditation holders.

Nations Delivering

Nations where an accredited programme of Carbon Literacy training has been developed and delivered.

The nations included are:

  • Antarctica
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Italy
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Northern Ireland
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Scotland
  • Sweden
  • The Netherlands
  • United States of America
  • Wales

Carbon Saving Per Person

Jacobs UK has found savings of between 5% and 15% to be regularly demonstrated on similar behavioural approaches to Carbon Literacy. The key to all of this is to make sure the approach to governance (accountability, monitoring/reporting systems, regularity to the comms/training) is also addressed to back up and validate behaviour changes (which is done through the Carbon Literate Organisation accreditation). That way the savings are sustained and are not just a short-lived positive change that is lost over time.

“A construction company rolled out an engagement and behaviour change pilot at their head office which achieved a 15% saving in electricity consumption, which was sustained over the subsequent year of monitoring as a result of supporting procedure and systems changes and an ongoing approach to communications. The company went on to roll the approach out at other sites, led by nominated ‘young leaders’ who were coached in delivering the same approach at their home site. These sites – which included offices, depots and combined sites – achieved between 5% and 12% reduction in electricity consumption over the subsequent 3 month period compared with the previous year.”

“The national low carbon schools programme delivered by Jacobs on behalf of the Carbon Trust demonstrated that it is possible to achieve cost and carbon savings of over 10% and in some cases as high as 20%, just through simple no and very low-cost interventions which are engagement-led and promote positive environmental behaviour, and can be supported by everyone in the school.”

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