Carbon Literacy for Rail

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This course provides an understanding of the carbon dioxide emissions produced from different types of activities in rail, and the actions required to reduce those emissions. It is certified by the Carbon Literacy Project.

Course Overview

To help rail be effective at reducing its emissions, employees throughout the industry need to understand why we need to reduce, how our activities cause those emissions, and the actions that can be taken to reduce them. Together, this knowledge forms the basis of ‘carbon literacy’. 

The course recognises that we need to reduce emissions at work as well as at home to make a significant impact.  It gives delegates a basic understanding of carbon literacy as it applies to rail. It has been designed especially for employees in rail infrastructure, operating companies, and throughout the supply chain. It will help them understand the effects of climate change, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to lower their organisational and personal carbon footprint in line with industry targets. 

The course uses a blended delivery approach including a highly interactive facilitated session (face-to-face or remote), with additional self-paced work before and after the course to embed the learning and ensure the course meets the Carbon Literacy Standard. Those completing all the requirements of the course will be certified by the Carbon Literacy Project as ‘carbon literate’.

  • Learning Outcomes
    • A basic understanding of climate change and how it will affect us globally and locally
    • Understand how climate change will affect transport, and especially rail
    • Understand why rail is a low-carbon transport option
    • Explore the low-carbon objectives across the industry
    • Create an action plan to help reduce the carbon footprint of your workplace
    • Explore strategies for influencing others to take action on climate change.

    This training is tailored specifically for rail so will include rail-specific sections on:

    • Why carbon literacy specifically for rail is required
    • The role of rail in helping the UK to achieve net zero carbon by 2050
    • How rail manages the risk of climate change
    • The vulnerability of rail to adverse climate change events
    • Embodied carbon in infrastructure
    • Case studies of carbon reduction in rail including HS2 and others.

    To receive certification from the course, delegates must complete all learning assignments and complete and submit a short assessment form committing to specific actions.

  • Who should attend?

    The course is suitable for all employees working in organisations in UK rail.


  • RSSB Member and Affiliate: £220 (£264 including 20% UK VAT)
  • RSSB Non-Member: £440 (£528 including 20% UK VAT)

Course dates and booking

Remote Delivery 

Learning hours: Self-paced e-learning: 1 – 1.5 hours; remote instructor-led delivery: 1 day (6.5 – 7 hours); post-course action: 1 hour. 

Course Dates:

  • 26 March 2024

Trainer’s profile

This course is delivered by people with expertise in carbon literacy training.
  • Elliot Shiers, Practitioner member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

    Elliot has over ten years’ experience in delivering environmental and sustainability management solutions on complex and nationally significant rail infrastructure projects.

Bespoke courses

We recognise that every organisation is different, so we work directly with organisations to develop bespoke courses. This training can be further tailored to the client’s needs to ensure it is relevant for the target delegates.

If you would like to discuss a bespoke training course, remotely or at a location of your choice, please email We will contact you and discuss your requirements to understand how we can tailor the course for your target audience.

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Dean Ashton
Tel: 020 3142 5418