Carbon Literacy

The Carbon Literacy Project aims to ensure that everyone who works, lives, or studies in Wales has the opportunity to learn about;

– the causes and consequences of global warming,

– what is meant by “climate change”

– the ways that individuals, organisations and communities can take action in response.

The Carbon Literacy Project aims to give every one the opportunity to explore what the reality of climate change means for them in their home life and work life.  Equipped with the facts on how human activity, weather and climate are inter-related, individuals, communities and organisations are helped to take action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.

Carbon Literacy Project logo

Cynnal Cymru is the official partner of the Carbon Literacy Project in Wales.  We offer certified Carbon Literacy training.

Organisations that have benefited from our course include United Welsh, Cardiff Council, The National Museum of Wales, Public Health Wales, Community Housing Cymru, WCVA and many SMEs, charities and voluntary organisations.

It is now your chance to join a growing movement! 


The Carbon Literacy Project

Carbon Literacy is a concept co-created in Manchester by Cooler Projects Ltd. and governed by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

It is a key component of Greater Manchester’s plan to respond to the climate changes caused by human activity. The idea is simple – everyone should have the opportunity to understand the causes and consequences of climate change and be supported to play their part in response to this global threat.

BBC vox pop HD from The Carbon Literacy Project on Vimeo.

The BBC, Manchester City Council, Manchester Metropolitan University, 21 housing associations and dozens of community initiatives across Greater Manchester are just some of the organisations that have benefitted from Carbon Literacy training. Salford aims to become the world’s first Carbon Literate City. The Project is supported and funded in Scotland by the Scottish Government and is now establishing in Holland, France, Leeds and the international Olympic movement. Cynnal Cymru is working with Cooler Projects to promote Carbon Literacy in Wales.


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



Carbon Literacy is the ideal approach to educate the whole workforce and empower them to respond to the very real challenges of Climate Change.

Carbon Literacy is for individuals from any organisation – public sector, businesses, charities, voluntary groups – that has aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, is thinking of doing so, or wants to influence others to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adopt low carbon lifestyles.



“A valuable course that gave me all the tools I needed to disarm climate sceptics and convey the utter madness of inaction. Motivating and empowering, time truly well spent.”

For Individuals

Individuals will understand the causes and consequences of climate change, locally and across the world. They will be able to evaluate the contributions they make to climate change and the power they have to take positive action to reduce their contribution and adapt to climate changes.

For Teams

“A good balance between presentation and group work. The tutor was likeable and engaging.”

Teams will develop a shared understanding of how business activity relates to climate change and be able to design responses that are relevant and appropriate.

For Organisations

“I gained a better understanding of climate change and what needs to be done NOW! Enjoyed the presentation and group work.”

Giving a group of colleagues this unique opportunity to learn together and develop a set of practical responses to the challenge of climate change will ultimately save the organisation money, make the organisation more resilient, improve the organisation’s reputation, enthuse and motivate staff.

On successful completion of the course, all participants will receive a certificate from the Carbon Literacy Trust and join a growing movement of linked individuals across the world who understand the basic science of climate change and are able to make rational, informed decisions about how we respond.



One day session for up to 15 people.

You can also enrol on an open course as an individual or book us for in-house training for whole teams.



One day session*: for up to 15 people: £500 plus VAT (10% discount for Cynnal Cymru members).

Open course: Members £85 | Non members £95 plus VAT

*Excluding travel and accommodation


The work session is led by our Training Manager Rhodri Thomas but can involve other staff with particular specialisms.

Rhodri is educated to Masters level in Environmental Management and has worked for the Environment Agency and Forum For The Future among others. He has a Professional Graduate Certificate (PGCE) in Adult Education & Training and is currently the only certified Carbon Literacy trainer in Wales.

If you would require further information or would like to discuss your training and professional development needs, please contact Rhodri Thomas, Training Manager by emailing