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Organisations can choose course to suit their purpose

Local organisations which want to learn more about how to cut their carbon emissions are being invited to apply for funding to undertake specialist training.

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council will help meet the cost of the courses which are being offered to small businesses, voluntary groups and parish and town councils.

The Carbon Literacy Training Grant scheme is designed to build understanding of sources of emissions linked to climate change and practical steps that can be taken to reduce them.  Those completing the training will be certified as a carbon literate by the scheme’s governing body, the Carbon Literacy Project.

Courses are available from a wide range of independent trainers and training organisations. Applicants will be able to shop around and choose an accredited course that is tailored to their particular sector.   

The £12,500 training budget is part of the borough’s allocation from the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is the latest initiative in support of the council’s drive towards Tonbridge and Malling becoming carbon neutral. Approximately 50 projects over the last year have focused on measures such as the installation of solar panels to power leisure facilities, home insulation schemes and providing electric vehicle charging points in council car parks.

Cllr Robin Betts, the council’s cabinet lead on environment and climate change, said: ‘Tackling climate change is something we can all do but many of us struggle to know where to start. This training is designed to be accessible to everyone and will help broaden understanding about carbon emissions and the impact that we can have at home, including practical, immediate actions that will make a big difference.

‘The accreditation that organisations receive will not only visibly demonstrate their commitment to tackling climate change but also help them to secure future funding, retain staff and attract customers.’

Apply for a Carbon Literacy Training Grant 

Deadline for applications: midnight on 3 March 2024.

Published: Friday, 8th December 2023