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Introduction to Carbon Footprint Calculations


Measurement of a company carbon footprint (greenhouse gas emissions) is an important tool in ameliorating climate change. It is also fast becoming a client expectation that consulting engineering firms measure and disclose their carbon footprint. This course will enable delegates to calculate the carbon footprint for a small to medium enterprise, providing both the theoretical background and practical calculation examples and a more complex case study.

Why Should an Individual Attend?

  • Make a contribution to combating climate change by taking responsibility for your emissions.
  • Make a contribution to the FIDIC Climate Change Charter.
  • Be able to provide informed feedback to your clients on your company’s carbon footprint.
  • Enhance your environmental management system/ ISO 14001.


On completion of this course, the delegate will be able to:- 
  • Understand the mechanism that causes climate change/ global warming.
  • Understand the elements comprising a carbon footprint based on the GHG Protocol: Scope 1, Scope 2, Scope 3. 
  • Calculate the carbon footprint of a small to medium enterprise.
  • Define meaningful SMART targets to manage your company’s carbon emission.

Program Outline

  • Small case studies about climate change impact, short term and long-term responses.
  • Explanation of what causes climate change.
  • Explanation of the GHG Protocol which is a standard used for calculating carbon emissions.
  • Explanation of the calculation used for calculating emissions, including ‘emission factors’.
  • Emission factors commonly encountered in consulting engineering, e.g., vehicle travel, air travel, electricity.
  • Several short calculation examples to entrench basic calculation approach.
  • Long case study to calculate a more comprehensive carbon footprint.
  • SMART targets for emissions. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Executives / Senior Management
  • Middle Management
  • Staff involved in proposals
  • Staff involved in SHEQ
  • Engineers
  • Technicians
  • Technologist
  • Anyone passionate about combatting climate change
Type: Online
Validation Number/s: CESA-2194-09/2026
CPD Points: 0.5
Coordinator: Blessings Banda
R 550.00 excl. VAT
R 632.50 incl. VAT