Carbon literacy course

What is the Carbon Literacy Project?

“An awareness of the carbon costs and impacts of everyday activities and the ability and motivation to reduce emissions on an individual, community and organisational basis.”

The Carbon Literacy Project was set up to give everyone, everywhere, a day of training on carbon literacy – and in doing so, empower people to make positive change. Today, over 74,000 individuals from over 5,800 organisations have been certified as Carbon Literate and that number is rising fast.

The Carbon Literacy Project is globally unique – there is nothing else quite like it anywhere. It was recognised as such by the UN at COP21, in Paris, where it was awarded as a TAP100, one of 100 worldwide Transformative Action Programs.

Future Green is excited to collaborate with Lighthouse Sustainability to deliver high quality carbon literacy training in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific region. Tell us more about Future Green and Lighthouse Sustainability...


My background is in food policy, marketing, and food service. I’m also an enthusiastic Workshopper (AJ&Smart Sprint Method) - a great tool for aligning teams around prioritising challenges. My company Future Green consults with food businesses and runs a membership programme in Hong Kong, supporting over 50 members each month. I also have 5000+ hours of training and workshopping experience to ensure learning is an enjoyable and memorable experience.

In this group program, I’ll help you catalyse action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions both individually and in the workplace. All of this is helping to position you as a climate champion. And I can't wait to show you how...

Meet emma

During my 25-year career in the sustainability sector, I have gained invaluable experience working with businesses to understand, commit to, and achieve their climate goals.

I founded Lighthouse in 2020 to deliver impactful advice, coaching and training. I began to focus on Carbon Literacy as a tool to build capacity and empower employees in 2021 and have led the team to deliver more than 50 courses and train almost 700 learners to date. Some of those trained include leadership teams from Beko PLC, KBR Inc, Crown Worldwide, Turley and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund.

Increasing capacity in the training sector is something I am committed to as this is currently a bottleneck for supporting the population to access climate emergency training. Lighthouse’s recently developed and certified Carbon Literacy Train the Trainer course is testament to this.

Training is Fun, memorable and engaging

Cohort 1 Food Industry Consultants

cohort 2 carbon literacy training with retailers and NGOS -open course

Cohort 2 Food Industry: Retailers, NGOs

Students create and plan initiatives from their pledges!

Join us in an interactive knowledge sharing session on how you can take climate action
Our Plan O Rama Workshop (AJ&Smart) enables fast team alignment.

Watch our Linkedin webinar to learn more about what to expect.

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It’s through the understanding of the science behind the Climate Emergency that actions to reduce and mitigate the effects of it can be properly addressed and achieved.

Thank you to Emma Burlow for guiding an enlightened course. I encourage anyone who is interested in taking climate action to become Carbon Literate.

Gabriela Ceron

GBS Route Development Specialist,


I tend to operate in autopilot mode without thinking too much about my impact on wider climate. I am grateful for the great work you are doing to bring change in people and business. The course was very insightful.

Divyesh Depala

FP & A Manager, Beko

Emma and the Lighthouse Sustainability team have been great in helping to establish a carbon literacy training programme at my company.

The training has been really well received and is supporting the company on its carbon net zero commitment. Emma is a great trainer engaging employees with different backgrounds and at different levels

William Clothier

Sustainability Manager, KBR

An enormous thank you for delivering a brilliant programme. It has certainly moved the dial for us at Turley. It was highly thought provoking and will prompt us to renewed action.

Dave Trimingham

Executive Chair, Turley

It's my second workshop with Future Green and one may think there might be a bit of repetition - but no, the team constantly refresh their content, keep things up to date and interesting with new activities. Engaging, informative and insightful as always.

Samantha Chung

B Lab HK & Macau (Growth and Activation Lead)

Having admired the work Future Green Global has been achieving for some time, I was eager to engage first-hand, and I am happy to say that my already high expectations were exceeded. The course's clear structure, interactive approach, and personalised touch enriched my professional identity in the F&B Sustainability industry, equipping me with a comprehensive toolkit and knowledge base. The insights into how corporations have successfully navigated sustainability challenges were particularly enlightening for me. This course stands out as an invaluable resource in our climate-conscious era, proving relevant and essential for every professional field, as "every job is a climate job", and we can all make a difference.

Andrew Cameron

Enzyme Consulting (CEO & Founder)

It was a real pleasure to work with the Future Green team, very passionate, approachable and adaptable. They animated and engaged very well the teams into collaborative thinking and learnings!

Audrey Onolfo

Brand Manager (Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, Château Galoupet at Moët Hennessy Diageo Hong Kong & Macau Sustainability Officer)

Heidi and her team at Future Green did a marvellous job in facilitating a diverse group of senior participants from assessing the opportunities & challenges and then coming up with committed actions. A great balance between convergent thinking and divergent thinking, between small-group discussion and plenary exchanges, between left-brain critical thinking and right-brain creative ideation, etc. In particular, I love using the visual of "Sail and Anchor" to engage the participants in search of new directions and making commitments to move forward!

Gilbert Lee

Co-Chair B Lab HK & Macau

(Principal Consultant, Education For Good)

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Meet Farah - one of your trainers!


  • You don’t know how to speak confidently about food and climate change.
  • You are not sure what climate change has to do with your industry.
  • You want to take action but don’t know where to start.


  • To start conversations about climate change with friends and colleagues in an informed way.
  • Promote a confident workforce with alignment to company net zero plans. Offer quality education to underserved learners without physical presence.
  • Take an online course to contribute to a low-carbon economy. Save on commuting and accommodation costs, making climate change education more affordable.

what is Carbon Literacy?

Carbon Literacy® is a term used to describe an awareness of climate change and the climate impacts of mankind’s everyday actions.

Carbon Literacy is the knowledge and capacity required to create a positive shift in how mankind lives, works, and behaves in response to climate change.

Who has been trained?

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president of future green and director of culinary operations and food and beverage at landmark mandarin oriental

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  • Understand the science of climate change and how it will affect us locally & globally
  • Understand how climate change will affect your business
  • Explore tools relevant to you and your business
  • Be ready to create an action plan for your business - decarbonisation is a team sport!
  • Feel confident to influence others to take action on climate change


  • Understand how businesses drive climate change but also can be part of the solution.
  • Take climate action but don’t know where to start for your business.
  • Upskill yourself on climate knowledge and take action.


Sample Food & Drink businesses who have taken the course

Curriculum Overview

The program starts on 23rd April 2024.

Here's the schedule:

Day 1
Module 1: What and Why (3.5 hours)
  • What is climate change and how do we know it's changing?
  • What do we need to know about climate change?
  • How does climate change affect us and our businesses and why do we need to act now?
Day 2
Module 2: How to transition (2.5 hours)
  • Measuring our carbon footprint.
  • How can we and our businesses take climate action?
  • How are other businesses taking climate action?
Module 3: Plan O Rama - Action Plan (1 hour)
  • Plan an initiative based on our pledges.
Homework 4: Pledge Form (30 mins)
  • You will be assessed on the submitted evidence and you will have 14 days after the course to do this.
  • Don’t delay otherwise CLP will be upset 😢 If it’s submitted more than 2 months after completion of training, The Project will require supplementary written evidence in the form of a “structured answer paper” for each participant which must be completed by them to demonstrate their Carbon Literacy.

course timetable

  • Tuesday 23rd & Thursday 25th April 2024, from 2pm-5:30pm HKT.
  • There will be a maximum of 12 participants per facilitator/trainer, with up to 4 from any one business. This course will be delivered online. Delegates can arrive from 1:45pm HKT onwards.

    NOTE: The decision to accredit any individual, or to issue or withhold any certificate is completely at the discretion of The Carbon Literacy Trust.


    • 2x 3.5 hour courses in the space of 1 week with your company choosing.
    • Small groups of up to 12 students per facilitator/trainer.
    • Interactive and peer-to-peer learning.
    • A visualised and tangible action plan.
    • Join an online community to continue the conversation.


    Q1) Why should I bother with this course - what will I even achieve from this?

    - Carbon Literacy training empowers individuals to make achievable changes in their lifestyle, reducing their carbon footprint. The training promotes a positive mindset and sets realistic goals, encouraging participants to make small daily adjustments. Additionally, the course accommodates diverse learning styles to engage a wider audience.

    Q2) The course is too expensive for me.

    -We have implemented a 2-month payment plan to address concerns about the pricing.

    Q3) How can I get in touch if I still have questions?

    - You can email me anytime at

    Pricing & Next Steps

    To recap, Carbon Literacy for Business is a new 2 part, 7 hour program where I’ll help you become carbon literate so you can start conversations on sustainability confidently and make changes immediately at home and at work.

    When you join, you’ll get…:
    • Module 1 and 2 slide deck and video replay
    • Lifetime access to resources including future updates
    • Private student community

    Plus these exclusive bonuses:
    • Bonus: Coaching call x 1

    Next Steps

    We start on 23rd April 2024 and you have the option to pay in full ($3750) or choose a 2-month split payment plan (2 x $2000). I'm capping this group at 12 students per facilitator/trainer so I can support everyone fully.

    So if this all sounds like it would be a fit for you, I'd love to have you join us:

    Join Now!

    OPTION 1


    OPTION 2


    If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to email me at

    I'd love to help you figure out if this program is right for you.

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