UWS is leading a pioneering Carbon Champions Project in collaboration with South Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire College and Ayrshire Chamber.
The University is working with stakeholders in the South Ayrshire region to deliver training and support to enable organisations to meet national net zero goals. The Carbon Champions programme will embed best practice within organisations of all sizes, through upskilling individuals already based within the organisations. These individuals will become ‘Carbon Champions’ and skilled auditors, able to recognise challenges and opportunities for improvement in their own organisations, and influence change. They will form part of a region wide network of Carbon Champions able to support each other in improving emissions and sustainability across the region.
UWS and Ayrshire College will deliver a suite of tailor-made courses to individuals at all levels of participating organisations. At the core of the portfolio is our Carbon Champion Net Zero Foundation Course, delivered by a group of experts from industry and academia.
This course is due to start in Spring 2022 and offers a breadth of appropriate topic materials to equip delegates with the skills and confidence to audit and assess net-zero capabilities in an organisation, and implement appropriate measures to allow targets to be met, i.e. to deliver the bespoke net-zero plan. This will be an interdisciplinary, modular approach, drawing on skills and expertise from a range of sectors to deliver academic, theoretical and practical content through a variety of media.
Supporting the delivery of the project, South Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire College and UWS have already committed to sending a group of individuals from departments across their organisation. Organisations from all sectors and of all sizes are encouraged to get involved in the project as we believe that no business is too small to have a positive impact in the fight for sustainability.
With this support, South Ayrshire organisations will reduce emissions and lower running costs, attract investment, and ultimately, gain a competitive edge on a local and global level. We also anticipate that the project will result in job creation, a vital factor in our contribution to the economic recovery of Scotland post COVID-19.
The project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund. It will be delivered by University of the West of Scotland, in partnership with South Ayrshire Council and with the support of Ayrshire Chamber and Ayrshire College. Organisations from any sector or any size are invited to get involved in the project and there is no monetary cost to the organisations involved.
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-community-renewal-fund-prospectus
If you are a South Ayrshire organisation and would like to take part in this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your involvement.
For further information about the training course please go to https://cpd.uws.ac.uk/