Business and Climate Change:
Towards Net Zero Emissions

Gain insights into the organisational risks and opportunities posed by climate change, and learn to lead a low carbon transition and rewire your business model for long-term value and resilience.


8 weeks, excluding


8–10 hours per week,
entirely online

Learning Format

Weekly modules,
flexible learning

This course is for you if:


  • You’re interested in understanding global warming and climate change risk implications and opportunities to enhance your organisation’s long-term value

  • You’d like to explore real-world innovation and design strategies that can enhance long-term organisational resilience

  • You want to sustainably and profitably rewire your business model, and drive change toward a low carbon future

Course outline

Over the duration of this online short course, you’ll work through the following modules:

Module 1
A changing climate for business

Discover the impact and dependencies of climate change on society, the global economy, and your business.

Module 2
The vision of a low carbon future

Reimagining a more prosperous, low carbon world, and envisioning the milestones to get there.

Module 3
The need to repurpose the economic system

Explore the risks and opportunities as the economic system is repurposed.

Module 4
Collaborating and leading a low carbon transition

Discover the importance of policy and partnership in moving beyond business as usual.

Module 5
Decarbonisation success stories

Explore examples of success in moving from a carbon-intensive to a low carbon economy.

Module 6
Innovation and design for a low carbon 21st century

Understand why low carbon innovation requires a shift in how the economy grows.

Module 7
Leading change and coping with disruption

Recognise the leadership competencies required to encourage the winners and enable the losers to benefit from a low carbon transition.

Module 8
Your role in leading the transition

Describing your role, forecasting barriers, and embracing support for effectively leading a change process.

Please note that module titles and their contents are subject to change during course development.

You'll walk away with:


A real-world understanding of the multifaceted business risks posed by climate change, and the strategic opportunities and untapped value that arise from taking action.


Strategies for driving collaborative action and stimulating triple bottom line performance accounting for people, profit, and the planet.


The ability to rewire your business model for long-term resilience and profitability in an uncertain and disruptive future.


A low carbon transition action plan to help you set your organisation's sustainability objectives, enabling you to lead change in your organisation and beyond.

Accreditation Logo

This course is certified by the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service, and may be applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies. The course has an estimated 80 hours of learning.

Note: should students wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon them. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.

Course Convenors

Dimitri Zenghelis

Senior Associate, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Zenghelis is a senior associate at CISL and the leader of the Wealth Economy project. He is also a senior visiting fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Zenghelis advises a range of multinational, financial, and government institutions, including the Mayor of London and the UK Committee, on climate change.

Martin Roberts

Director of Digital Learning,
University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Roberts is a programme director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, where he helps companies with a global reach to derive value from embedding innovative approaches to sustainability across their organisation and their supply chains. Roberts has extensive experience working with companies and NGOs on sustainability challenges, with particular expertise in the food, agricultural, utility, tourism and extractive sectors. He has lived in several African countries working with governments and the private sector to tackle the resource challenges of today and the future.

An online education that sets you apart

This CISL online short course is delivered in collaboration with online education provider GetSmarter. Join a growing community of global professionals, and benefit from the opportunity to:


Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from an international selection of universities, entirely online and in your own time


Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience created to make you feel supported at every step


Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones

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