Carbon Literacy

Gain the knowledge, capacity and confidence needed to take action on climate change.

Carbon Literacy is:

“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.”

The Award-winning Carbon Literacy Project aims to ensure that every citizen receives at least one day’s worth of learning so that they understand the links between human activity and climate change while empowering individuals, communities and organisations to take action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

The strength of Carbon Literacy is the peer to peer learning experience that enables colleagues to identify low carbon actions that are relevant, timely and significant to their immediate spheres of control and influence. Evidence from the BBC and other large corporations that have embraced Carbon Literacy, suggests that the approach engenders a low carbon culture and shared set of values relevant to the challenges of a warming planet.

Course essentials

Peer-to-peer learning

Up to 15 people


A day's worth of learning

Learning options

Online or in-person


Subject to successful completion of the course

Upcoming courses

Learn how to make positive changes in how you live, work and behave in response to climate change.

Topics covered

Sample timetable for our online open courses*


Self-directed learning


Facilitated session
9:30am - 12:30pm


Self-directed learning


Facilitated session
9:30am - 12:30pm


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30 minutes

Our online open courses combine tutor-led sessions and peer-to-peer learning with self-directed study. This provides the opportunity to fit learning around work and caring commitments whilst also enabling you to focus on areas of interest within a subject. 

Our in-person courses typically take place in one day or in two sessions across one week. We can arrange to deliver these online or in your place of work or in a venue of your choosing.

*Please note that in-person courses typically take place across one day and do not require any self-directed learning.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:


On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a certificate from The Carbon Literacy Project which will be unique to you.

**For group and organisation bookings, certificates fees are £10 per person and help to support The Carbon Literacy Project – a self-funding non-profit organisation.

Carbon Literacy training is for people of all levels of understanding, from complete beginners to climate scientists !

Who is this course for?

Carbon Literacy works on the principle of peer-to-peer learning and encourages people to learn together, sharing knowledge and experiences along the way. The climate science is pitched for beginners but the approach to enabling and identifying positive action works for all abilities.

This course is suitable for those in a position to lead, organise or support others. This could be senior managers and teams leaders, board members or trustees, support workers or volunteers.

For individuals

Individuals will understand the causes and consequences of climate change, locally and across the world. They will be able to evaluate the contributions they make to climate change and the power they have to make a positive difference.

Open course

£130 + VAT
  • 100 + VAT for Cynnal Cymru Members
  • Price per person
  • Dedicated Tutor
  • Learn as part of a group of up to 15 people
  • Ongoing access to the course materials
  • A digital certificate unique to you (included)
  • Online only

For groups

Teams, community groups or small organisations of up to 15 people will develop a shared understanding of how organisational activity relates to climate change and be able to design responses that are relevant and appropriate.

Group course

£1250 + VAT
  • 965 + VAT for Cynnal Cymru Members
  • Price per group booking
  • Dedicated Tutor
  • For teams of up to 15 people
  • Ongoing access to course materials
  • A digital certificate unique to each member of your organisation**
  • Online or in-person

Across organisations

For larger organisations and consortiums that want to take the next step to becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation through support with roll out of peer-to-peer learning and the creation of tailored courses for different learner groups.

Tailored course(s)

£1750* + VAT
  • 1365 + VAT for Cynnal Cymru Members
  • *Prices from
  • Dedicated tutor
  • For teams of up to 15 people
  • Ongoing access to course materials
  • A digital certificate unique to each member of your organisation**
  • Online or in-person
  • A bespoke course, tailored for your organisation
  • Discount for subsequent course delivery

Courses unique to you

Our standard course can be tailored to reflect your industry or sector. We can also develop the course for different levels and abilities throughout your organisation.

For a more in depth approach we can also help you design a completely new course, unique to your organisation. Please get in contact with for more details.

Member benefits and discounts

Discounted services

As a member you can benefit from special discounted prices on all our training and consultancy services.

Free annual training

Each year you can benefit from one free place on our accredited Carbon Literacy training course.

Your course tutors

Rhodri Thomas

Training Lead

Rhodri Thomas is the Principal Sustainability Consultant and Training Lead at Cynnal Cymru. Rhodri is educated to Masters level in Environmental Management and has a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and is a certified Carbon Literacy trainer.

Bethan Harvey

Training Officer

Bethan Harvey is a Training Officer at Cynnal Cymru. Bethan has four years training experience both in a community setting and at A-level and a Professional Graduate Certificate (PGCE) in Adult Education & Training.

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About the Carbon Literacy Project

Carbon Literacy is a concept created in Manchester by Cooler Projects Ltd. and its partners. It is governed by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

The Carbon Literacy Project offers everyone a day’s worth of Carbon Literacy learning, covering – climate change, carbon footprints, how you can do your bit, and why it’s relevant to you and your audience.

The Carbon Literacy Project is globally unique – there is nothing else quite like it anywhere. It was recognised as such by the UN at COP21, in Paris, where it was awarded as a TAP100, one of 100 worldwide Transformative Action Programs.

About Cynnal Cymru

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for Sustainable Development in Wales.

Cynnal Cymru is the official partner in Wales for the award-winning Carbon Literacy Project

In April 2020, Cynnal Cymru was further recognised as a Carbon Literacy Training Organisation – the first in Wales.

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029 2043 1746

We typically work Monday -Thursday, 9-5pm


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