Free online Climate Emergency Training

Keep Scotland Beautiful are offering the chance to become certified as Carbon Literate, with a free online Climate Emergency Training for people across Scotland involved with the transport sector.


Working with Skills Development Scotland and Sustrans Scotland, Keep Scotland Beautiful has developed an exciting programme of accredited Climate Emergency Training to help upskill people involved with the transport sector, so they have the knowledge required to respond to the Climate Emergency and move towards a net zero society.


Taking place in May and June, the training is for anyone living in Scotland over the age of 25 involved with the transport sector and will help participants understand the climate emergency and respond to the impacts, risks, responsibilities and opportunities ahead on their way to becoming certified as Carbon Literate.


For individuals and organisations involved with the transport sector in the early stages of considering climate change impacts and planning for net zero, this training provides a fantastic opportunity to get started.


Sector-specific training for the Energy and Construction sectors is also available, in addition to a course open to anyone over the age of 25 living in Scotland.


Catherine Gee, Deputy Chief Executive for Keep Scotland Beautiful, said:

“This course is accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project and is an important certification for participants involved with the transport sector to take back into the workplace.

“Everyone involved with Scotland’s transport sector has a part to play in developing their skills to help meet our ambitious climate targets. And this training offers a practical and immediate start on doing just that whatever their role, or level of an organisation they work at.”


Jenny MacDonald, Sector Development Manager with Skills Development Scotland, said:

“Skills Development Scotland is working with individuals and organisations across the country to future-proof their skills and prepare for a low carbon Scotland.

“Easily accessible courses which provide support for businesses and staff to help tackle the impacts of climate change are a vital part of our move to net zero.”


Terry Roberts, Workplaces Manager at Sustrans Scotland, said:

“Sustrans are delighted to be collaborating with Keep Scotland Beautiful to deliver the Climate Emergency Training. We are aware that the time for action on climate change is now. In Scotland, domestic transport is the largest contributor of carbon emissions and we are committed to tackling this. The Climate Emergency Training provides a great foundation for climate action and will enable those responsible for workplace transport to take the initiative and proactively enforce meaningful change within their organisations.”


In May 2019, the Scottish Government declared a climate emergency and has pledged to drastically reduce emissions from Scotland. This will mean new legislation and technology that will bring significant changes to the transport sector.


To help ensure Scotland’s workforce has the skills needed for the transition to a net zero economy, the Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan was published in December 2020, having been developed in partnership between the public, private and third sector.


The training is supported by Skills Development Scotland through the National Transition Training Fund, which is part of wider work related to Scotland’s Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan.


To be eligible to register for the Climate Emergency Training participants must be either working in the transport sector, supporting actions related to transport, or want to work in the sector. Individuals, or employees of an organisation are eligible for the training, subject to further eligibility criteria and a limit of three employees per organisation per training session.


To register and see all available training dates in May and June please see


For more on why the climate crisis is central to transport and travel, visit our Climate Emergency section.