Business and Climate Change: Towards Net Zero Emissions online short course

Course starts 24 February 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
16 February 2021
Course Starts:
24 February 2021
8 weeks, excluding orientation
8–10 hours per week, entirely online
GBP £2,200
Payment Options
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


As public concern over sustainability challenges and ESG integration intensifies and climate-related organisational risks escalate, the ability to build more resilient business models that thrive in a low carbon economy has fast become a strategic imperative.

The Business and Climate Change: Towards Net Zero Emissions online short course from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) provides a comprehensive understanding of how to mitigate the business risks of climate change and oversee a low carbon transition for long-term resilience and overall value.

Over eight weeks online, you’ll explore real-world examples of successful low carbon initiatives and discover how to utilise innovation to build a resilient, profitable business model for the future, stimulating a ‘triple bottom line’ of people, profit, and planet. On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with a practical low carbon transition action plan, and the ability to lead change within your organisation and beyond.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • A meaningful understanding of the organisational risks and strategic opportunities presented by climate change
  • Practical insights and knowledge from real-world examples of successful low carbon initiatives
  • Strategies for leading collaborative efforts and enhancing a triple bottom line of people, profit, and the planet
  • Insights needed to rewire your business model for resilience and profitability over the long term
  • A low carbon transition action plan to start leading change and meeting your personal and organisational sustainability goals

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for any professional looking to upskill themselves in climate change risk mitigation and adaptation, as learning outcomes are applicable across industries.

Climate consultants, sustainability specialists, and environmental managers as well as those looking to contribute to ‘sustainable development goals’ (SDGs) will benefit from an exploration of the latest low carbon practises, and gain new insights relevant to their current context and role. Those in finance and operations will develop the tools to bring about a low carbon transition, and discover how to shift their business models for long-term resilience and profitability. Senior managers and C-suite executives in both the public and private sectors will learn how to lead sustainable change and turn a low carbon future into a strategic 21st century business priority.

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This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.

Note: should students wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon them. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course curriculum

Learn to lead the low carbon transition as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 A changing climate for business
  • Module 2 The vision of a low carbon future
  • Module 3 The need to repurpose the economic system
  • Module 4 Collaborating and leading a low carbon transition
  • Module 5 Decarbonisation success stories
  • Module 6 Innovation and design for a low carbon 21st century
  • Module 7 Leading change and coping with disruption
  • Module 8 Your role in leading the transition

Your Convenors

The design of this online course is guided by CISL faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.

Dimitri Zenghelis
Dimitri Zenghelis

Senior Associate, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership


Martin Roberts
Martin Roberts

Director of Digital Learning, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Earn a certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Study the business risks and opportunities of climate change and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Assessment is continuous and based on a series of practical assignments completed online. In order to be issued with a certificate, you’ll need to meet the requirements outlined in the course handbook. The handbook will be made available to you as soon as you begin the course.

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements.


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 24 February 2021.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.