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New carbon literacy e-learning resource

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The National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme has launched a new carbon literacy e-learning resource.

The resource is freely available to employees across the public sector and aims to develop awareness and understanding of the terminology and principles associated with the greenhouse effect and climate change.

carbon literacy e-learning resource

The resource offers three courses at successive levels, each containing one or more units and concluding with an online test. Successfully completing each allows a certificate for the level to be downloaded.

Carbon literacy e-learning courses and units

  • Carbon Literacy Foundation Course
    • Unit 1: Basic Principles of Carbon and the Greenhouse Effect file
    • Unit 2: Greenhouse Gases and Equivalence file
    • Unit 3: Human Impacts on Global Greenhouse Gas Levels
  • Carbon Literacy Enhanced Course
    • Unit 4: Renewable and Low Carbon Energy file
    • Unit 5: Regulation for Climate Change file
    • Unit 6: Carbon Footprints and Reporting file
    • Unit 7: Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Carbon Accounting file
    • Unit 8: Embedded Carbon and Product Carbon Footprints
  • Carbon Literacy for Procurers Course
    • Unit 9: Addressing Carbon Through Procurement

The course takes about 4 hours in total, but the system will record progress to allow users to drop in and out.

The materials are regularly reviewed in conjunction with DECC and NSPPP subject matter experts, and updated to reflect developments in understanding, regulation, practice and terminology.

The resource was collaboratively developed by Defra, the Department of Health, NHS bodies and the EU-funded Clear About Carbon project. The NSPPP is working with supplier organisations to develop a private sector version, which it hopes to launch in December 2011, providing the materials for business use (also free of charge).

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