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Pathways to Net Zero

Get clear, consistent guidance on best practices in response to the climate crisis

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The IEMA Pathways to Net Zero course gives clear, consistent guidance on best practices for response to the climate crisis and delivering net zero within organizations. The course aims to provide supervisors and leaders with a strategic and operational overview of environmental sustainability as it affects their specific industry and work area. 

Who should attend?

This course is ideally suited for supervisors and managers across all sectors and has no formal entry requirements; however, it is strongly preferred that the candidate is in a practising role that will allow them to deeply understand the areas explored throughout the course.

Pathways to Net Zero is aimed at persons who might be:

  • Responsible for developing a net zero approach (or other carbon reduction strategy) for their organization
  • Supporting an existing net zero strategy
  • An environmental/sustainability specialist with net zero as a new responsibility
  • Responsible for communicating or helping to communicate an organization’s net zero approach
  • Responsible for decarbonising a particular part of an organization, e.g., supply chain, business travel, estates etc.

What will you learn?

The eight parts that make up this course provide learners with a solid basis to assist and support the decarbonisation of organizations:

  1. Why net zero?
  2. Responding to net zero
  3. Greenhouse gas accounting – a primer
  4. Carbon neutrality
  5. Net zero methodologies
  6. Developing a decarbonisation plan
  7. Net zero across the value chain
  8. Communicating net zero

By the end of this session, delegates will be able to explain:

  • What is net zero and related terms 
  • The urgency of the underlying climate science driving the net zero agenda 
  • The main international policy context for responding to the climate crisis 
  • The UK policy context and drivers 
  • The risks and opportunities of net zero including on future business viability, reputation, supply chain vulnerabilities etc 
  • The business and environmental benefits of low carbon goods and services 
  • The requisite corporate governance, resourcing and accountability for delivering net zero 
  • How to establish a greenhouse gas inventory across all three scopes 
  • The main principles of greenhouse gas accounting (including using activity data and emission factors) 
  • What carbon neutral means and its application for organizations, products and services 
  • How to establish science-based targets (methodologies) 
  • How to establish a net zero strategy (near- and long-term targets) 
  • How to implement a decarbonisation plan with suitable targets and milestones to deliver on a science-based target and/or net zero objective 
  • How to reduce greenhouse emissions where these are influenced but not directly controlled (Scope 3) 
  • How to communicate externally about responses to the climate crisis, net zero and making robust green claims 

What is included?

  • Learner Workbooks
  • Handouts
  • Assessment

The assessment for IEMA Pathways to Net Zero Course consists of an online 20 question multiple-choice test. The test is completed through the IEMA assessment portal and candidates are sent a link upon registration to the assessment.

This course is IEMA Certified and certificates are provided by IEMA to learners who successfully complete the course.


What do you need to prepare?

There are no formal entry requirements or preparation required for this course, however it is strongly preferred that the candidate is in a practicing role that will allow them to deeply understand the areas explored over the duration of the course.  

Course length

2 days

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Course delivery

Classroom / Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) / In-House