Back in 2008, the management team got together to discuss the best way to reduce carbon emissions. We looked at many approaches yet kept coming back to the idea of capacity building, because at the end of the day we all believed that it’s people that reduce emissions, not machines.
We figured that if we could train people to manage greenhouse gas emissions in ways that aligned with their organisations’ objectives we could get some great emissions reductions occurring year on year in a sustained manner. The old “teach a man how to fish…” approach.
There were a lot of sustainability courses around at the time but none that took a business approach to performance managing greenhouse gas emissions.
So we developed the Strategic Carbon Management Course which previously gained national accreditation in Australia, New Zealand and is also being taught in universities in California. The course takes people through how to develop and implement a working emissions management plan or as we like to call it a Carbon Management Response Plan.
We have now taught well over 600 students how to performance manage carbon emissions and seen Carbon Management Response Plans implemented in hundreds of organisations.
We have achieved a lot, but there is much, much more to do. We are continually growing our list of courses to suit the needs of the carbon professionals and we are also building our partnership network to help us grow in countries around the world.