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Climate Solutions for a Net Zero Future

Discover impactful climate solutions you can implement in your industry, workplace, or household to help achieve a net zero future

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Nottingham Business School Nottingham Business School

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Nottingham Trent UniversityNottingham Trent University

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Find the most impactful climate solutions with Nottingham Business School

There is an ever-increasing awareness of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, address climate change, and transition to a net zero society. This has led to a demand for climate literacy from managers and employees at all levels, working in organisations across the public, private, and third sector.

This microcredential will help you develop your climate literacy and understand climate leadership, so that you can make an impact in your own organisation, or apply for one of the many green jobs now on offer. You’ll hear from experts and climate leaders in a wide range of sectors, who’ll share their advice on how you can incorporate climate solutions into your everyday work.

With these insights, you’ll be empowered to work towards a positive future for your organisation, neighbourhood, and wider society.

Learn to take a systems approach to achieve systemic change

To ensure your climate actions achieve maximum impact, you’ll learn how to take a systems approach to climate change. You’ll discover ways of contextualising your actions, as you identify key levers to reduce global warming worldwide.

This understanding will expose how systemic change is needed to achieve lasting solutions. You’ll delve into longer-term policies and incentives that could transform daily actions into meaningful change.

Gain an understanding of climate change science and carbon management

Throughout the course, you’ll develop your knowledge of climate change science. Covering key concepts like carbon sinks, carbon removal, and carbon accounting, you’ll learn more about how our climate is changing.

This knowledge will help you find solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while also lowering energy costs for your organisation or household.

You’ll identify which solutions are most appropriate for your context, so that you can begin to define a concrete action plan.

Make an impact with climate leadership and climate-conscious management

Once you’ve decided on an action plan, you can begin to develop your own climate expertise and leadership skills.

You’ll home in on various industries and areas of business, discussing how climate solutions can be incorporated into their activities. You’ll look at fields as varied as entertainment, marketing, food production, and property development, to see how each could be made more climate-conscious, with lower carbon emissions.

You’ll also explore green finance and investment strategies to understand how money can be used to finance a better future.

Communicate what you know about climate change mitigation

Using your understanding of climate solutions, you’ll discover how you can engage people more effectively through channels, such as reports, social media, and sustainable web design.

Whether you’re starting your climate career, changing directions, or adding climate solutions to your everyday work, this microcredential will help you become an advocate for a net zero future.

How will this microcredential help in my career?

The decision-making skills you learn on this microcredential could save your organisation money and resources, as well as helping to reduce carbon emissions. This could enhance your reputation in your function, department, and overall organisation.

If you’ve been tasked with reducing costs on behalf of your organisation, you’ll gain the expertise you need to make informed decisions.

You’ll also learn transferable skills that can be applied to any sector and any role, helping you stand out from the crowd.

Can the skills I learn help me apply for green jobs?

With your understanding of climate solutions, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to apply specifically for green jobs.

You can also use these skills in your current role to transform it into a ‘greener’ position, or to encourage others to factor the climate into their decision-making.

How will I be assessed?

You’ll be required to produce a 2000-word report applying climate change communication and leadership theory to your personal sphere of influence. Within this, you’ll identify a solution that could be implemented and draw up a plan for communicating the necessary changes.

Will I receive university credits?

Yes, you’ll receive 10 Level 7 credits at Postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University.

You can use these credits to build towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice from Nottingham Business School.

What skills will you learn?

  • Climate solutions
  • Decision-making
  • Climate change solutions
  • Climate leadership
  • Green skills

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Engage with advanced foundational theories and conceptual frameworks used in climate leadership and management practice in organisations, both nationally and internationally.
  • Apply knowledge, tools and techniques to understand issues within climate leadership and management practice.
  • Calculate data in relation to greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, in the context of organisational boundaries, scopes and science-based targets.
  • Demonstrate creativity in the application of knowledge with respect to climate literacy.
  • Present and communicate key issues and arguments relating to climate change and science, in an appropriate format to a technologically professional standard.
  • Calculate relevant data used in diverse contexts to support effective decision-making in climate leadership and management practice.

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To join this postgraduate microcredential, you will ideally have as a minimum:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification
  • Proficiency in the English language to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent
  • At least two years’ experience of working in a relevant professional or management role
  • If you do not have a bachelor’s degree, we would suggest a minimum of five years’ leadership or management experience
  • An interest in becoming climate literate, uncovering new climate solutions, and helping achieve net zero by transforming organisations and societies

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential will be suitable for anyone hoping to gain the knowledge, skills, and behaviour to be actively involved in reducing greenhouse gases in your workplace. Many of the solutions will also be relevant for your personal life.

By being climate literate, you can assess how to achieve net zero within your sphere of influence, and can recognise and implement the best solutions available. This microcredential is for you if you wish to build knowledge of high-impact climate solutions and want to introduce changes in your daily life, mainly at work, but also potentially at home.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Course

    From 8 May 2023

    Climate Solutions for a Net Zero Future

    Discover climate solutions you can implement in your industry, workplace, or household to help achieve a net zero future.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Visions of a Positive Future
      • Introductions and welcome to the course
      • The big picture - where are we currently?
      • High-impact solutions
      • Troubled vs positive future
      • Climate science - an introduction
      • Renewable energy and electrification
      • Green economy and green jobs
      • Review of the week
      • [To be deleted] - Introducing Week 1
      • [To be deleted] - CO2e and calculations for food
      • [To be deleted] - Recap of Week 1
      • [To be deleted?] - Multiple benefits - achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Week 2

      Climate Change Communication
      • Welcome back!
      • Coronation Street: making climate solutions entertaining
      • Climate communication - key concepts
      • Understanding and communicating climate change science
      • Petra Walking the talk
      • Climate change coaching
      • Review of the week
    • Week 3

      Climate Leadership
      • Welcome and revision
      • Lead for the planet
      • Get the truth
      • Assess the risks
      • Raise the stakes
      • Define the business of business
      • Engage global leadership
      • Review of the week
    • Week 4

      Calculating Impact and Carbon Accounting
      • Carbon calculations
      • The five-tonne lifestyle
      • Scope 1
      • Scope 2
      • Scope 3
      • The Scopes in your organisation
      • Science-based targets (SBTs)
      • Review of the week
    • Week 5

      Buildings and Estate for a Low-Carbon Future
      • Welcome to week 5
      • Climate solutions in the building sector
      • Refurbishments - insulation and other carbon-negative solutions
      • New builds - designing for a low-carbon future
      • Carbon sinks and carbon storage
      • The low-carbon city of the future
      • Review of the week
    • Week 6

      Impactful Food Decisions
      • Sustainable food practices
      • Carrots and sticks
      • Managing food waste
      • Think local, think seasonal
      • Reducing food-related GHG emissions - alternatives?
      • Encouraging change to happen!
      • Review of the week
    • Week 7

      Money, Money, Money!
      • Welcome and revision
      • Opportunities and risks for banks
      • Activity 3
      • Greenwashing or Greenwishing?
      • Review of the week
    • Week 8

      Marketing with the Climate in Mind
      • Intro to (Sustainable) Marketing
      • Marketing and Responsible Consumption
      • Climate-friendly Marketing Audit
      • Effecting change in your organisation
      • Review of the week
    • Week 9

      Supply Chain Management
      • Welcome to week 9 and recap of Marketing
      • Decarbonising the supply chain
      • Fashion: supply chain-related climate solutions
      • Engaging suppliers
    • Week 10

      Your Positive Future
      • Final activity

What you will receive

10 Level 7 Credits at Postgraduate level from Nottingham Trent University

You’ll receive 10 Level 7 postgraduate credits from Nottingham Trent University. These can be put towards the total needed to obtain a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management Practice.

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School’s (NBS) purpose is to provide research and education that combines academic excellence with positive impact on people, business and society.

Career-focused learning by Nottingham Trent University

With over 40,000 students and staff spanning five university sites, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest and most influential higher education institutions in the country.

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