Healthcare

Carbon Literacy Toolkit for Healthcare and Blue Light

What is Carbon Literacy® for Healthcare?

The Carbon Literacy for Healthcare Toolkit provides the knowledge and skills needed to bridge the gap between climate change policy and action. The Toolkit enables organisations to engage their workforce in net zero policies, embed a low carbon culture and empower everyone to identify carbon reduction actions.

The Toolkit is pre-accredited and contains all the necessary materials for conducting Carbon Literacy training. The content is regularly reviewed and updated to align with the latest climate change policies. The training is designed to be delivered peer-to-peer, enabling a cascade effect within the healthcare sector.

We welcome enquiries from all healthcare & and bluelight sector organisations to discuss the options available to access and adapt our Toolkit materials. Under the current license period (until October 2026), NHS organisations in England can access the Healthcare Toolkit materials for free.

How Carbon Literacy can help your healthcare organisation meet climate goals

The healthcare sector contributes 4-6% of global greenhouse gas emissions and can pioneer a shift towards sustainable, net-zero healthcare provision. This transition can have a positive ripple effect on society and the economy. By fostering a low-carbon culture through Carbon Literacy training, we can build a sustainable healthcare system that can meet patients’ present and future healthcare needs alongside net-zero targets.

Courses

Here you’ll find all of the courses within the Carbon Literacy Healthcare Toolkit. To find out more about each course, click on the individual tiles below.

Key Questions

What is included in the Healthcare Toolkit?

The toolkit contains a slide deck, a comprehensive trainer manual, activity pack, evidence forms and a getting started pack. These are all the resources you need to deliver Carbon Literacy Training.

Who can gain access to the Healthcare Toolkit?

We welcome enquiries from all healthcare sector organisations to discuss the options available to access our Toolkit materials. Under the current license period (until October 2026), NHS organisations in England can access the Healthcare Toolkit materials for free.

How do I access Carbon Literacy training?

Since we are an accreditation body and don’t deliver any training ourselves, we promote Carbon Literacy courses hosted by various organisations. All the open training sessions can be found on our events page.

Who can deliver the training?

Anyone interested in climate action and with some training experience, who is certified Carbon Literate, can deliver training to their peers. You also need to attend a free online training session – Delivering Successful Carbon Literacy in Healthcare – which takes you through the Toolkit contents and processes.

Healthcare in Action

Key Partners

"There's always an assumption that those of us who work in Sustainability have sustainable living figured out. We don't, we face the same barriers that the average person does - money, time constraints, willpower and, of course, the benefit of convenience! There wasn't really anything I didn't know about included in the Carbon Literacy training, but it raised questions. Developing this training stopped me from excusing myself from taking action! I've made and will continue with some massive personal changes & have further ones in the planning."

Karen Aguilera, Sustainability Officer for North West Ambulance Service

"My team and I found the training really useful and very insightful. In addition to a grounding in the science behind climate change, we learned about how it’s also a health emergency and how we as a Trust contribute to it, along with its implications for us, as an organisation… The training isn’t just theoretical, we also learned about practical, everyday ways in which we can go about meeting those targets."

Craige Richardson, Director of Estates and Facilities at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

"An insightful and comprehensive course for colleagues within the Healthcare sector. The course perfectly deconstructed the 'Why' and the 'How', equipping me with the knowledge and determination to effect the significant decarbonisation of our industry."

Zoe Anderson, Surgical Equipment Specialist at Bausch and Lomb

"You may have heard people who have been through the Carbon Literacy training raving about it... And rightly so! I was sceptical about CL at first. I didn't know if we could pull it off in the time frame, if I could get commitment from our Sustainability Steering Group to attend or even if we would continue rolling out beyond the pilot. To get there we did a lot of research on the health impacts of climate change... SO MUCH RESEARCH. We've had quite the challenge trying to fit so much content relevant to NWAS and the NHS into this training and I'm really excited."

Karen Aguilera, Sustainability Officer for North West Ambulance Service

"The highlight of the course was the opportunity to bounce ideas around with other people and listen to experiences from others in the group. It led to some thought-provoking discussions and ultimately it felt uplifting to know there were other people who were working on these problems too.”

Katherine Smith, Former Junior Doctor

"The actions of individuals can and do make a difference. Learners who have completed a days’ worth of approved Carbon Literacy learning can be certified as Carbon Literate and we believe this training, this deepening of awareness, is a valuable tool in helping us to become a greener organisation."

Libby Sutherland, Environmental Manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

"It is no surprise that efforts to reduce the NHS carbon footprint are being driven from the ground up. We know as health professionals that the links between climate change and health are starkly clear, and NHS staff overwhelming support our net zero ambition. This new Carbon Literacy course will enable us to upskill the health and care workforce and continue to deliver high quality healthcare now, and for future generations. It will provide learners with accessible training to improve knowledge and skills on how to implement net zero solutions in their everyday practice, whatever their role."

Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer, NHS England

Request a Course

To speak to our Healthcare team or to request a course, please contact us at healthcare@carbonliteracy.com.

Please include the following in your email:

  • Your healthcare organisation / NHS email address.
  • List any courses you are interested in.
  • How did you hear about us?
  • Your plans for rolling-out training.

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