5 December 2016

Businesses are being urged to manage their financial and environmental risks, and leverage opportunities in the emerging low-carbon economy as part of a free online course delivered by The University of Queensland.

Lecturer Dr Adrian Ward said the new five-week Carbon101x course was designed for business owners and policy makers who were sensitive to the potential market impacts involved in moving away from an economy reliant on fossil fuels.  

“The Paris Agreement, which has more than 190 international signatories, means governments around the world have an obligation to introduce national climate change policies to meet their agreed targets,” Dr Ward said.

“This has sent a strong signal to businesses and other organisations that they will need to reduce emissions to comply with these policies, and ultimately stay relevant in a low-carbon future.”

UQ Business School researcher Belinda Wade said businesses looking to reduce carbon footprint could lower emissions firstly from their existing processes and through investment decisions, and then by leading the market in making changes. 

“There are many components to a best-practice carbon management program but essential skills include monitoring and reporting on emissions, target setting, strategising and creating and sharing knowledge," Ms Wade said.

“Participants will learn the practical skills relating to carbon footprinting, financial appraisal of low-carbon technologies, dealing with climate policy compliance, and voluntary carbon management action.”

Enrolments are now open for Carbon101x: Essential Tools for the Low Carbon Economy Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) via the not-for-profit online learning platform edX.

The course will be available through edX on Tuesday 7 February 2017, with content modules released in weekly installments.

Already the world’s largest non-for-profit MOOC provider, edX was established by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard in 2012.

UQ joined as a charter member in 2013 and has since attracted more than 1.2 million learner registrations for its own MOOCs.

Media: GCI Communications Officer, Ron Hohenhaus, r.hohen@uq.edu.au, +61 438 285 283