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Cornish Carbon Training Goes National


The Convergence ESF ITM funded Clear about Carbon Project have been working closely with Defra’s National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme (NSPPP), the Department of Health and the NHS to create a publically available carbon literacy training package.

“Defra leads on embedding sustainable procurement in the public sector and strongly supports the Greening Government Commitments.  The Carbon Literacy for Procurers course will help raise the capability of both procurers and organisations as a whole to meet both of these challenges” said Ian Barham, Senior Policy Officer, Sustainable Public Procurement, Defra

The training package, which is available in an e-learning format through the Defra website, aims to develop awareness and understanding of terminology and principles associated with the greenhouse effect and climate change.  It is available free of charge to employees across all areas of the public sector.

David Morgan, Project Officer on Clear about Carbon from Cornwall Development Company, said “Hopefully what we have created here has the capability to drive a step change in the level of carbon literacy both in Cornwall and around the UK.”

The NSPP Programme and Clear about Carbon are also working with a number of leading supplier organisations to develop a 'private sector' version of the materials, which it is hoped will be launched in December 2011.  This will make the materials available for use on a free of charge basis by businesses as well as the public sector.

Gareth Bourton, Strategic Development Director, May Gurney said “In board rooms across the UK carbon management is now right up there for consideration with all other fundamental business drivers. The e-learning modules will give us a key tool to further raise awareness and understanding throughout our businesses as we drive for the quality and economic advantages that a low carbon economy will bring.”

Please use the following link to access the public sector e-learning resource, when you first click on the link you are required to complete a short registration process. The actual course takes about 3 hours in total, but the system will record where you got up to so it is easy to ‘drop in and out’ as you see fit.


For further information please contact:

Kirsty Miles, Corporate Communications, Cornwall Development Company.

Tel: 01872 322924 / 07891 700068.