Carbon Net Zero


This masterclass is designed to help learners gain a clearer understanding of the concept of carbon net zero, why society urgently needs to decarbonise, and their role in generating and reducing carbon emissions both personally and within the workplace.

Participants will gain the ability to identify actions that will help reduce the carbon emissions associated with their lifestyles and working practices.

Course Overview

This 3-hour masterclass will cover:

  • The key sources and impacts of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The meaning of the terms: carbon net zero; carbon footprint; carbon offsetting; carbon capture and storage.
  • The role of individuals and organisations in both generating and reducing carbon emissions.
  • Practical tools to help identify and reduce your personal carbon footprint.

Course Aims

Skills and knowledge gained:

  • A good understanding of the role of individuals and organisations in both generating and reducing carbon emissions.
  • Identifying appropriate actions to reduce the carbon emissions associated with individual lifestyles and working practices.
  • The skills to effectively use online tools to calculate personal carbon footprint.


It is expected that all sectors of the UK economy will have decarbonised by 2050. The development of basic climate literacy acquired by taking this masterclass provides businesses and individuals with a starting point for their journey to net zero.


On completion of this masterclass, learners will receive a Certificate of Attendance.


*The Stoke-on-Trent Higher Skills Accelerator is fully funded by the UK Shared Prosperity fund in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent Council and offered free of charge to each participating organisation.

Delivery method
On campus
Stoke-on-Trent campus


Start date

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Justice, Security and Sustainability
Certificate of Attendance

Entry requirements

This masterclass is open to anyone who is 18 years old and over and meets the following criteria:

  • Employed for one hour or more of paid work per week (including those temporarily away from work because they are sick or on holiday).
  • Temporary and permanent employees who are on fixed-term contracts or agency temping.
  • Self-employed people.
  • People on government-supported training programmes, engaging in any form of work, work experience, or work-related training.
  • People on maternity or paternity leave.


This course is free to all learners who meet the criteria above.


Dr Paul Barratt

Senior Lecturer

Paul is a cultural geographer with research interests focusing on environmental engagements, low carbon living and working, and qualitative research methods.

Paul's profile

How to apply

To apply for this masterclass please email

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