This foundation course is aimed at employees in small, medium or large scale business or anyone who wants to understand the basics of Climate Change, what taking Climate Action means and the business case for taking Climate Action. It is designed to give the attendees sufficient insights into the subject to help them identify ways that Climate Action can be converted into an opportunity for business excellence and productivity improvement.
Course Overview & Expected Outcomes
- Become equipped with an understanding of Climate Change, the language used around this issue and the fundamentals of the science.
- Get to grips with what it means for a business to take Climate Action, the practical steps one can take and the potential funding avenues available.
- Learn the basics of Carbon Footprint quantification – understand the difference between Scope 1, 2 & 3 emissions and why they are all important.
- Equip yourself with the basics of the business case for Climate Action – why simple payback calculations are simply not the correct method for calculating returns on investment and how Climate Action can result in a productivity increase.
- Gain a basic understanding of how you can turn Climate Action into an opportunity for business excellence and productivity improvements.
- Introduction to Climate Pledges – what are they and why should your business consider taking one?
This programme is designed to empower you with a basic understanding of Climate Action and its relevance to business in Ireland in 2021. It is designed to set a foundation to empower you to have confidence in advancing on your Climate Action journey and enable you to build a more productive & socially responsible business.
An example will be demonstrated of simple process improvement projects that could be undertaken to reduce the impact of an organization on Climate Change while also increasing productivity. This project could be:
- Production line energy efficiency – assess the energy performance of a production line using simple methods to calculate the energy efficiency, create good KPIs, identify unproductive energy use and implement projects to reduce the lost energy & time to increase productivity.
This method could be used for any production line regardless of scale or product.
Each participant will be given a separate example of the same process and asked to calculate the energy efficiency, identify a KPI to measure performance of the line and identify at least 3 opportunities to improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions of the process. Each participant will be expected to identify 1 opportunity to increase the productivity of the line.