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What understanding does your workforce have of net zero? Probably less than you think!

If you were to undertake a quick poll of your employees, chances are that many of them are aware of the term ‘net zero’.  Some will likely be able to link the term with other concepts such as global warming.  

Would it surprise you to know that this may be as far as it goes?  

A recent study by IEMA, the professional body for environmental practitioners, showed that nearly two-thirds of the UK population are unaware of the concept of net zero and only 1 in 8 are informed on it.

With just 1 in 8 saying they are informed; how can your organisation reach its net zero goals?

Most businesses that work with Make UK either have, or understand the need for, a robust environmental strategy, usually with specific net zero targets.  This is not only a commitment to responsible environmental stewardship but also a strategic advantage for businesses. It can lead to improved reputation, cost savings, regulatory compliance, access to new markets, and ultimately contributes to the long-term success and sustainability of the company.  

What often isn’t clear though is how to achieve environmental goals when 7 out of 8 employees are uninformed about the concept of net zero itself.

How can training help?

Investment in training will fill this knowledge gap, demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to increasing environmental performance, as well as showing staff you understand the importance they play in helping to make this happen. 

Once they understand net zero, you may find that, with their own unique understanding of their area of work, the most effective and creative suggestions come from the people on the ground. For example, your logistics team may have ideas regarding fuel efficiency whilst your marketing team may have innovative ways of using technology to avoid printed material.

IEMA Introduction to Net Zero

To provide a baseline knowledge of net zero and raise awareness of how it can be delivered within an organisation, we’d recommend a full-company roll-out of IEMA’s Introduction to Net Zero eLearning course. 

Here’s why:

  • Course quality: Designed by environmental experts, the course offers high-quality, relevant, and up-to-date information. Make UK’s eLearning platform is user-friendly and accessible to all employees, regardless of their technical proficiency.
  • Accessibility: eLearning courses are accessible from anywhere, allowing employees to learn at their own pace and convenience. This is especially important for organisations with geographically dispersed teams. The last thing you’d want is to increase your carbon footprint to train your people on how to reduce your carbon footprint!
  • Cost effective: Online training is typically more cost effective than other delivery methods. Costs associated with in-person training, such as travel, accommodation, and printed materials, are also removed.
  • Interactive learning: Online courses incorporate interactive elements, such as quizzes, videos, and simulations, to enhance engagement and retention of information.
  • Scalability: Online courses can be easily scaled to accommodate lots of employees, making it suitable for both small and large organisations. 

A baseline understanding of net zero, your organisation’s targets, and the benefits of achieving these will support your environmental strategy as employees move from passive participants to active players. Contact us today to learn more, email [email protected] or call 0808 168 5874.

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