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Sustainability and Climate Change: An Introduction to Low Carbon Road Transport

Find out the impact of road transport on carbon emissions and climate change, and how low carbon transport technologies can help.

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Climate Change global trends - net zero, sustainable transport
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • Accreditation

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Explore the role of low carbon transport technologies in tackling climate change

This course explores the key transport technologies, trends, and policies that are enabling a transition to low emission vehicles.

You’ll build a strong understanding of transport carbon emissions that will stand you in good stead to further explore the many different topics around low emission transport in more depth.

Explore how carbon emissions are affecting urban air quality

The transition to low emission road transport is gathering pace as the world battles to control emissions-induced climate change and urban air quality issues.

On this course, you’ll compare and contrast the leading low emission technologies in road transport.

Whether you work in the automotive or energy sectors or you simply own a vehicle, as the world becomes more environmentally aware, more and more of us will be involved in the low-emissions transition.

Compare hydrogen fuel cell, biofuel and electric vehicles

Low emission vehicles come in various forms. After exploring different types of net zero transport, you’ll study the benefits and challenges that arise from using hydrogen fuel cell and electric cars.

You’ll find out about the requirements of recharging and fuelling low-emission vehicles, and consider the challenges these pose for existing infrastructure.

Study low emissions technology with experts at Cenex

This course is created and delivered by Cenex, The Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies.

With over 15 years of experience conducting research and development and consultancy for low carbon transport and energy systems projects, Cenex is working to accelerate the shift to low emission transport.

They are also a CPD-accredited training provider and have been providing training through the LEVEL network (Low Emission Vehicle Enterprise and Learning) since 2016.

What topics will you cover?

  • The impact of climate change and air quality and the role of road transport emissions
  • An explanation of the key low emission road transport options
  • An overview of the trends, policies and innovations in the industry
  • An introduction to the supporting refuelling/recharging infrastructure required

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The content of the following course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain why reducing emissions from road transport is important
  • Explore the current alternative leading technologies in road transport
  • Summarise the different low emission road transport technology options
  • Identify the requirements and difficulties of the recharging/refuelling infrastructures of these technologies
  • Report the key factors and policies that are affecting these technologies
  • Summarise the differences between low emission road transport technology options

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone looking to develop their knowledge of key sustainable transport technologies.

This may include STEM students with a special interest in emission solutions or transport policy, as well as professionals – particularly in the automotive or energy industry – responsible for sustainability or Net Zero targets.

Who will you learn with?

Chris is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Chris leads the Energy Systems & Infrastructure department at Cenex and specialises in innovation.

Sam is a Technical Specialist in the Energy Systems & Infrastructure team at Cenex and an expert in Electric Vehicle charging hardware and innovative technology such as wireless charging systems

David is a Transport Technical Specialist for Cenex and performs strategic consultancy around low and zero emission vehicles as well as projecting future trends within the transport sector.

Who developed the course?


Cenex was established as the UK’s first Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell technologies in 2005. Today, Cenex focuses on low emission transport & associated energy infrastructure and operates as an independent, not-for-profit research technology organisation and consultancy. We provide you with the insights and solutions that reduce pollution, increase efficiency and lower costs in the pursuit of a zero-carbon future.

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