This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of Carbon Management and Carbon Accounting, and their role in the race for Scotland to achieve Net Zero emissions.

About this course

Climate Change has been described as humanity’s greatest threat with many governments aiming for mitigation through Net Zero emission targets between the years 2050-2070. In order to achieve this, we must reduce carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas usage at all levels of society to prevent exceeding an average global temperature rise of 1.5˚C above pre-industrial levels. We are living through unprecedented times with chaotic weather patterns, global food shortages, erratic energy pricing, with our way of life considered unsustainable. 

In Scotland, we can see a strong movement towards the areas of social housing retrofit and corporate action in working towards Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) as organisations look to become more sustainable. This is heartening to see a change towards sustainability which means a pragmatic approach is happening outside of government with routes into green jobs and addressing Net Zero a key concern.

This course has been designed with skills and employment at its core.

During this 6-week online tutor-led course, you will:

  • Differentiate what is meant by weather, climate and climate change
  • Identify the key drivers of Net Zero
  • Understand the principles of Carbon Accounting
  • Understand the principles of Carbon Management
  • Apply both principles to professional practice and recommend how emissions reductions can benefit organisations and businesses
  • Prepare for a career in Net Zero

How you’ll be taught and assessed

You will be taught in a tutor-led, online environment in 90-minute sessions across 6 weeks.

This course has been designed by Edinburgh Napier with expert input from Pattiesmuir Ltd and Sustainable Footprints to bring you the most contemporary understanding of Net Zero and Carbon Accounting training and knowledge. There will be several guest lectures in this course to give you a stronger understanding of the topics. This course will be assessed formatively and applicants will be given resources and activities to work on post-session to make the most of what they have learned.

Entry requirements

This course is aimed at individuals who would like to know more about Carbon Accounting, Carbon Management, and Net Zero career opportunities.

This is a SCQF Level 7 course therefore applicants should have a SCQF Level 6 qualification, such as Scottish Highers, a National Certificate, Professional Development Award, Modern Apprentice Level 6 qualification, or equivalent. You are also eligible if you do not have a Level 6 qualification, but have relevant work experience and a desire to go on to a Built Environment Undergraduate degree or a Net Zero career.

Fees and funding 

This is a fully funded programme. Applicants must be ordinarily resident in Scottish to be eligible for this funded intake, with full funding provided by the Scottish Funding Council.

Course dates

Wednesday 24 January 
Wednesday 31 January 
Wednesday 7 February 
Tuesday 13 February 
Wednesday 21 February 
Wednesday 28 February 

Each session will take place between 6 - 7.30pm. Places are limited, so apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.