Senior officer leadership training in carbon literacy – frequently asked questions

This programme will help senior council officers, including chief executives and directors, to explore their crucial local leadership role in responding to the climate emergency. During the course, you’ll commit to two carbon-reducing actions. These actions will be evaluated by the Carbon Literacy Project for you to be certified as​ 'carbon literate', enabling you to train others in your area of work. 


This course is aimed at senior officers across all council services and will look to provide skills and knowledge that will enable you to embed good practice concerning climate change, carbon literacy, adaptation, green finance and environmental sustainability within your teams and departments.  

The following provides further detail on the training to inform your decision on if the course is right for you. 

  • Will this training result in the members of staff attending becoming carbon literate?  

Yes – the attendees will receive carbon literacy training. Attendees of the training will then submit an application committing to carbon reducing actions. This is then approved by the carbon literacy project a few weeks after the sessions take place.  

  • How long is the training and what is required?  

The carbon literacy course will last over two days, both running 9.30am – 3pm with times set aside for lunch and breaks. It will involve committing to several carbon reducing actions following the training and will feature a number of external speakers to share best practice and thinking. Once allocated a space on the training, the carbon literacy form will be shared with you, for your completion.

  • Are there any fees associated with attending the course? 

No – the course is fully subsidised.

  • I can only make part of the training? Is that okay?

We strongly recommend anyone attending the training be present across the entirety of both days of the course. We are able to work around some work commitments that conflict and are not movable however, missing a lengthy amount of time will deprive others of a slot and also damage participant prospects of attaining carbon literate accreditation.

  • Is the training available to all councils?

Unfortunately, due to our funding arrangements with the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, we are not able to offer this training to Town or Parish Councils. Additionally, we are unable to offer this training to any Welsh councils who are also not covered by the funding. Sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Am I the right person to attend this event?

The training is technically open to all officers from eligible authorities (see above). However, it has been designed with senior officers in mind (Head of Service or higher) and so aspects of the course may be less valuable to those in more junior roles. This event is not suitable for elected politicians to attend.

  • I applied but have not heard anything back 

If you have submitted an application, an email will be sent around in due course confirming a slot on the training or if you are on the waiting list. If you have not heard anything within 10 working days, we suggest contacting the team on [email protected]  

  • Are there a limited number of spaces? Why was my application unsuccessful? 

Each session can host a maximum of 35 attendees. Training slots are given out primarily on a first come, first serve basis. Please note however, that the LGA is committed to ensuring fair and proportionate representation across local authorities and regions. Therefore, each council can only have a maximum of two staff attend any set of sessions.

Any person who expresses an interest to attend the sessions who is unsuccessful will be placed on our waiting list. They will be offered any slots that do become available and will also be directly emailed future training opportunities when confirmed. If another staff member of your council successfully completes the training they will be able to offer the training themselves and share the learning across your organisation.

  • The training mentions access to tools and resources – what will this include?

Through gaining carbon literate accreditation, attendees will be empowered to provide carbon literacy training to others following the training. Additionally, slides from the training and other resources will be made available post-session. These can be used to share with colleagues and train others.  

  •  How is the training delivered?   

 The training is delivered virtually on Zoom and a link will be provided to anyone successfully allocated a place before the event.  

  • Will there be future training opportunities as I am unable to make the dates shared? 

The LGA recognises these sessions are incredibly popular and valued by the sector. Whilst no dates are yet confirmed beyond what has been shared, we will continue to offer opportunities where possible that are popular with councils. If you would like to hear about future learning opportunities and events please subscribe to our Climate Change Bulletin.

  • How will my data be used?  

The LGA is committed to data protection and demonstrates compliance with the Data Protection Act (May 2018) and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018. Any personal information you give with active consent will be used by the LGA for legitimate purposes only. The LGA will only lawfully process data with your consent and in accordance with the legitimate interests of the company. 

For any further questions about the training please contact [email protected]