Carbon literacy e-learning resource

The Defra-led National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme has launched a new free carbon literacy e-learning resource, to develop awareness and understanding of the terminology and principles associated with the greenhouse effect and climate change. With a move towards consideration of carbon in procurement practices it is becoming increasingly important to understand the agenda and associated terminology.

The resource is freely available to employees across the private and public sectors. It was collaboratively developed by Defra, the Department of Health, NHS bodies and the EU-funded Clear About Carbon project. Defra worked with a group of businesses of varying size to ensure the materials are engaging and fit for purpose.

The course takes about 4 hours in total, but the system will record your progress so it is easy to drop in and out as you wish.

Access the carbon literacy e-learning resource

Please follow the steps below to access the resource:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on Create new account to register on the site and generate your own username and password
  3. Return to the home page and click:
    • NSPPP courses
    • Then Carbon Literacy e-learning Resource
  4. Login using the username and password you have just created
  5. Now click Enrol me in this course

You will now be able to access the course.

If there are any problems with logging in, please contact John Britain at or call 0115 848 3050.

Page last modified: 5 December, 2011

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