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Sustainability and Environmental Management

Rising prices for resources, environmental legislation and a competitive marketplace are making it increasingly clear: sustainability operations are no longer an optional activity. Organisations that wish to be successful must have in place a powerful environmental management system, such as ISO 14001. However, establishing and documenting such a system is a challenge.

Our comprehensive online training programme provides what you need to take the lead on sustainability and environmental management. The course is for anyone looking for support in achieving or maintaining ISO 14001 or who is implementing an environmental management system (EMS) within their organisation. Key areas covered include the application of the Plan/Do/Check/Act cycle, resource efficiency and how to set and meet carbon emissions targets.

About Sustainability and Environmental Management Training

The world’s climate is changing. Average temperatures are soaring, extreme weather events are happening more often and ecosystems are collapsing. The impact of business activity across the globe is driving this change. Without urgent reforms, the worst outcomes of climate change may soon be realised, with plummeting biodiversity, natural resources and limited access to water and food.

And as urgency is increasing, so is the legislative focus on environmental management and global agreement on carbon reductions. The Kyoto Protocol set out carbon management targets for all economically developed nations. This agreement is now superseded by the Paris Agreement, which calls on every nation to work towards agreed emission-reduction pledges. This commitment requires governments to set carbon targets upheld by legislation.

For UK businesses, this means increased reporting requirements and compliance with the government’s Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Better, which aims to reduce carbon emissions across the entire economy and drive green investment, skills and industries.

As part of this initiative, businesses must commit to net zero before bidding on any major government contracts. Larger organisations must also publish data on annual energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Smaller companies can choose not to share this information publicly, although it is possible this may change in the future.

This online training course helps leaders reduce their ecological impacts and contribute towards a sustainable future, while promoting resource efficiency and compliance with environmental regulations. Modules cover key areas of environmental management, including carbon emission management, resource efficiency, waste reduction and green technologies, letting you create an Environmental Management System (EMS) specific to your organisation.

The course also aligns with ISO 14001, a recognised standard that helps organisations develop an EMS to improve environmental performance, engage customers and reduce overheads. ISO 14001 accreditation has also been linked to sustainable growth.

Why is Sustainability and Environmental Management Important?

Creating a sustainable environment is crucial for future generations. Non-compliance with environmental regulations or ISO standards can lead to penalties or reputational damage. Our course provides comprehensive information to help you implement sustainable practices, improve environmental performance and comply with environmental standards.

Benefits of Sustainability and Environmental Management Training:

  • Guides managers to create sustainability plans that help tackle carbon emissions, improve resource efficiency and minimise the environmental impact of business activities
  • Supports compliance with environmental legislation and regulations to protect organisations from potential legal or reputational harm
  • Creates a framework for ISO 14001 accreditation, boosting green credentials and supporting further resource efficiencies and sustainable work practices
  • Proves corporate responsibility and commitment to environmental protection, impressing stakeholders, winning customers and contributing to a sustainable future.

What are your Responsibilities Under Sustainability and Environmental Training?

Organisations in the UK must operate under several pieces of key environmental legislation, including the:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Climate Change Act 2008
  • Environment Act 2021

The individual acts cover different environmental impacts of business activity and each places significant obligations on organisations, including the duty to:

  • Control pollution, improve resource efficiency and avoid waste
  • Dispose of waste responsibly and consider the entire lifecycle of waste
  • Contribute to a 78% reduction in carbon emissions by 2035 and a 100% reduction by 2050, compared to 1990 levels
  • Prevent any reduction in air or water quality
  • Protect wildlife from the consequences of their activities
  • Increase recycling levels within their organisation
  • Reduce plastic waste
  • Provide evidence for any environmental protection or sustainability claim

And as demands for environmental action increase, it’s likely these duties will expand. The Environment Act 2021 itself is known as ‘enabling legislation’, which paves the way for further requirements.

Sustainability and Environmental Management Training supports organisations in meeting current requirements and creates frameworks to support future environmental improvements.

Why Choose Sustainability and Environmental Management Training?

  • Study any time & in bite-size sessions
  • Less costly than a classroom training
  • Discounts on volume purchases
  • Excellent trainee support
  • Creates awareness of environmental legislation
  • Promotes sustainable operations and supports environmental protection
  • Enhances your reputation and green credentials

What’s Included in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Course?

  • Essential global and legislative understanding of sustainability
  • Glossary and supporting documentation for guidance
  • Access anytime and anywhere to study at your own pace
  • Up-to-date environmental best practice
  • Certificate upon completion

Delivery Method

Online / E-learning

Course Duration

24 Hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn sustainability frameworks and why environmental management is necessary
  • Understand the sustainability development goals (SDGs)
  • Gain awareness of the environmental legislative that applies to your operations
  • Identify the Plan/Do/Check/Act (PDCA) cycle
  • Learn to quantify Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions
  • Understand how to quantify carbon footprint and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Gain insights into resource efficiency, the waste hierarchy and the use of renewables
  • Understand Science Based Targets, Net Zero and other targets
  • Know how to review and improve your environmental management system
  • Understand how to track performance
  • Learn about environmental reporting requirements

Course Content

This online Sustainability and Environmental Management course comprises the following 9 modules:

Module 1: Understanding Sustainability

Covers sustainability fundamentals and outlines different models and methods of thinking that support sustainable ways of working.

Module 2: Key Environmental Sustainability Issues

Discusses major sustainability issues and how to act against climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, nuisance and other organisational impacts.

Module 3: Planning for Sustainability

Explains how to incorporate Environmental Management Systems and sustainability planning into your operations.

Module 4: Laws and Other Compliance Obligations

Outlines important environmental and sustainability legislation, regimes, enforcements, and obligations, including ISO 14001 requirements.

Module 5: Target Setting

Explains how to assess environmental impacts and set meaningful objectives and targets. Also covers how to calculate emissions and set specific targets for carbon reductions.

Module 6: Resource Efficiency and Tackling Emissions

Explores methods to reduce waste and efficiently manage resources, including process redesign, use of renewables and purchasing clean energy.

Module 7: Support and Operations

Looks at emergency response plans, SOPs, documenting information and establishing effective communication.

Module 8: Measuring and Reporting Framework

Provides an understanding of how to review and evaluate the performance of your EMS. Also covers how to conduct internal audits and the different types of reporting.

Module 9: Taking Action

Covers how to take action based on findings and implement improvements to address specific issues or opportunities. Also explains how to recognise and handle shortcomings in your EMS.


At the end of the online Sustainability and Environmental Management course, users must complete an end of course assessment before earning their certification.

The end of course test is:

  • 100% online
  • Multiple choice
  • A score of 80% is required to pass the test.


The downloadable printable certificate is certified by CPD and will be issued instantly on course completion.

The Sustainability and Environmental Management certificate includes the trainee’s name, company name, course name, date of completion, expiry date and the name of the approval body.

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