Carbon Literacy for the Sports Industry

According to Mike Berners-Lee, climate and sustainability expert and professor at Lancaster University, the carbon footprint of a pair of synthetic running shoes is at least 8kg CO²e. Depending on who’s figures you choose, somewhere between ½ billion and 1 billion pairs are sold worldwide. And the market is growing. Clearly, if we are going to tackle climate change, the sports industry will have to play a major role.

This month, the Carbon Literacy Project are announcing  their sector toolkit for the sports industry. We are delighted to be using the toolkit to launch the first open Carbon Literacy course for the Sports Industry.

Course participants will;

  • Gain an appreciation of the science of climate change, the scientific consensus and impacts;
  • Examine the impact of the sports industry on climate change;
  • Understand the need to take responsibility for reducing the carbon footprint of their own activities and that of their organisation.

We aim to support learners in achieving their personal sustainability goals and to provide the knowledge and tools that will help accelerate the collective change in understanding and behaviour to meet the climate challenge across their organisations.

Consisting of 2 3 hour sessions, the course is fully accredited by the Carbon Literacy Project and successful completion will result in the awarding of Carbon Literate certificates to each participant. In addition, where multiple individuals from the same organisation complete the course, organisations may choose to apply for Carbon Literate Organisation status.

New Course Dates!

Cohort 3

September 6th 2pm-5:30pm (BST)
September 13th 2pm-5:30pm

This course is scheduled for the afternoon to enable delegates from North and South America to join at a reasonable time. 2pm BST is 9:30am in New York and 6:30am in Los Angeles (early breakfast!)

Cohort 4

October 4th 9:30am-1:00pm (BST)
October 11th 9:30am-1:00pm

For Australian delegates, this is 7:30pm-11:00pm Melbourne time and 5:30pm-9:00pm Perth time.
For Middle Eastern delegates, this is 12;30pm – 4:00pm Gulf Standard Time

Cohort 5

November  16th 9:30am-1:00pm (GMT)
November 23rd 9:30am-1:00pm

For Australian delegates, this is 8:30pm-12:00am Melbourne time and 4:30pm-8:00pm Perth time.
For Middle Eastern delegates, this is 1:30pm – 5:00pm Gulf Standard Time

Cohort 6

December 4th 6:00pm-9:30pm (GMT)
December 11th 6:00pm-9:30pm

Please note: the evening time for this course is especially designed for community sports clubs who may not be able to send delegates during the working day. It’s also good for delegates from the Americas: 10am-1:30pm Los Angeles time and 1pm -4:30pm New York time

Venue: Online via Zoom

Cost: £195 + VAT per seat/ £100 + VAT for grassroots sports clubs*

*If you wish to purchase multiple seats for the same organisation, or wish to organise a course for your organisation, please drop me a line:

For every course booking we will plant a tree through One Tree Planted.

Course Booking Form

Use this form to book a place on your chosen Carbon Literacy course. In the event of oversubscription you will be advised of alternate dates.

If attending in a personal capacity, just write "personal".
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Course Fees
Local sports clubs and grassroots local charities etc can apply for the course at the lower rate. Fees includes Carbon Literacy accreditation fee for the individual, but does not include accreditation for the organisation. This is subject to separate accreditation by the Carbon Literacy Project. Contact us for more details.
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Course Tutor

John Sutton is a teacher and Carbon Literacy Educator. He is a longtime triathlete and a member of the adidas blogger community. He has completed around 75 triathlons including 8 Ironman races. His blog is probably the longest running individual triathlon blog on the internet. A bit of a sport obsessive, John carries the current burden of supporting Southampton FC as well as holding a passion for professional cycling.

A few of John’s blog posts:

We have planted our first trees! Our first cohort for this course is now done! We have planted trees in Ireland.

Trees planted for Cohort 2



Leaping girl image by Sasin Tipchai from Pixabay

Carbon Stripes by Ed Hawkins CC by-SA 4.O

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