Key Questions

What are Toolkits?
  • Carbon Literacy Toolkits have been developed to maximise the ease and speed of adoption of CL.
  • Other than local customisation, adopting a certified CL Toolkit eliminates course development and accreditation time and costs as barriers to adoption.
  • Toolkit development is supported by The Carbon Literacy Project, but as always, training materials are contributed, curated, selected and reviewed by representatives of the relevant sector.
  • Toolkit materials are kept up to date by sectoral experts and The Carbon Literacy Project.
  • This approach maximises the chances that organisations use the latest and best sectoral materials for them
  • As a result, ‘reinventing the wheel’ is avoided and the experiences of many brought together to deliver more effective training and better outcomes.
Are they free?

This depends on the source of the Toolkit and how its development was funded. Sometimes the use of Toolkits requires organisations to join a sectoral Carbon Literacy consortium, sometimes at a cost – which is or has been used to fund development and or ongoing support of Toolkits for that sector. However once joined, materials are normally free to use to members of that Consortium. Even when a consortium fee is payable, it usually represents a fraction of the cost of developing, accrediting and maintaining training materials independently.

However, many Toolkits – particular those for the public sector are entirely free to use for qualifying organisations as defined by the sectoral funders. For more details see the appropriate sectoral pages below.

The development and dissemination of the public sector toolkits in this section were made possible by funding from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

The welcome funding of the development work and piloting of the initial five Public Sector courses – NHS, Higher Education, Blue Light services (Fire, Police, Ambulance), Local Government, Central Government – has acted as the catalyst for much wider public and private sector Carbon Literacy toolkit production, and wider Carbon Literacy rollout and dissemination across the whole of the UK.





Who can gain access to use Toolkits?

Toolkits are designed for specific sectoral audiences and content is matched to the needs of that sector, so materials are only released to organisations that, in the view of the funders, the sectoral consortium or The Project, correctly belong to that sector. This is not only because of the need to maintain the quality of Carbon Literacy by ensuring the appropriateness of the content, but because Toolkits are usually by Creative Commons licensing agreements and often content is owned by contributors who have only given permission for its use in specific not-for-profit contexts.

The Toolkits and materials are designed and curated for the purpose of certified Carbon Literacy training.

Training organisations or consultants wanting to adopt Toolkit materials or adapt them for new sectors or audience should in the first instance approach the Project team – you can contact us via

Public Sector Toolkits

Civil Service

Courses for:
Generic Civil Service Staff Course

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Emergency Services

Courses for:
Ambulance Service Course – Please see our Healthcare Toolkit
Fire Service Course – Coming Soon
Police Service Course – Under ongoing investigation…

In development – check back soon!


Courses for:
NHS Generic Staff Course
Ambulance Service Generic Staff Course

NHS Leadership Course – Coming Soon
Ambulance Leadership Course – Coming Soon

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Local Authorities

Courses for:
Generic Staff Course
Leadership and Management Course
Elected Members Course
Parish and Town Councils Course – Coming Soon
Community Leaders Course – Coming Soon
Pension Fund Trustees and Managers Course – Coming Soon

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Courses for:
Generic Museum Staff Course

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Social Housing

Courses for:
Social Housing Generic Staff Course
Carbon Literacy Cartefi Cymru Course
Leadership and Management Course – Coming Soon
Residents Course – Coming Soon

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Universities and Colleges

Courses for:
Universities Course (MMU and NTU versions)
FE Colleges Course
Senior Management and Leadership Course – Coming Soon

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Private Sector Toolkits


Courses for:
Generic Automotive Staff Course

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Chugging along – check back soon!

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