skip to content

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)


Course start dates

  • 7 February 2024
  • 24 April 2024

Who should attend?

This course will benefit professionals seeking to upskill themselves in climate change risk, adaptation measures, and low carbon innovation.


The course is applicable to any business or industry




Online, tutor-assisted


8 weeks, 8-10 hours per week


View course price

CISL's courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. This link will take you to the GetSmarter Website.


Gain insights into the risks and strategic opportunities presented by climate change

The University of Cambridge Business and Climate Change: Towards Net Zero Emissions online short course gives you a holistic business understanding of how best to mitigate the business risks of climate change and oversee a low carbon transition.

Gain the knowledge and skills to combat climate change in your context, and learn to build a business model that is resilient and profitable in the low carbon, resource-efficient economy of the 21st century. By decarbonising your business, you’ll enhance the resilience of your organisation, and unlock new opportunities for growth and innovation both now and into the future.


Gain valuable and relevant skills, and walk away with:

  • A meaningful understanding of the organisational risks and strategic opportunities presented by climate change
  • Practical insights and knowledge from real-world examples of successful low carbon initiatives
  • Strategies for leading collaborative efforts and advancing people, profit, and the planet
  • Insights needed to rewire your business model for resilience and profitability over the long term
  • A low carbon transition action plan to start leading change and meeting your personal and organisational sustainability goals


CPD certified

CPD logoThis 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 you wish to claim CPD activity, the onus is upon you. CISL and GetSmarter accept no responsibility, and cannot be held responsible, for the claiming or validation of hours or points.


Learn to lead in a changing world

This University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership online short course is delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter.

Join over 24,000 students globally who have already benefited from the opportunity to:

  • Gain verifiable and relevant competencies and earn invaluable recognition from a top-tier university, entirely online and in your own time.  
  • Enjoy a personalised, people-mediated online learning experience that consistently achieves over 90 per cent course certification rate.
  • Experience a flexible but structured approach to online education as you plan your learning around your life to meet weekly milestones.


Learn to lead the low carbon transition as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course

Orientation Module: Welcome to your Online Campus

Module 1: A changing climate for business

Module 2: The vision of a low carbon future

Module 3: The need to repurpose the economic system

Module 4: Collaborating and leading a low carbon transition

Module 5: Decarbonisation success stories

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

Module 7: Leading change and coping with disruption

Module 8: Your role in leading the transition


Delivered in Collaboration with GetSmarter

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is collaborating with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc., to provide an interactive and supported online learning experience.

Find out more about our tutor-assisted Business and Climate Change online course.


CISL Newsletter

Do you want to receive information about CISL's research, news and events? Click here to request the CISL monthly newsletter.


Achieving Zero hub

Download the brochure


CISL’s online courses are delivered in collaboration with digital education provider GetSmarter, a brand of 2U, Inc. These links will take you to the Get Smarter website.


“Outstanding course, highly recommended. A deep dive into why this topic is so important and guidelines on how you can make an impact in your sphere of influence. Inspirational, easily digestible, and challenging at the same time. The online format enables you to learn when it's convenient, and learn from your global classmates as well.”

Claire Milner, Senior Vice President, EMEA Kinaxis

“This course provides the knowledge upon which to drive a net zero journey for yourself and your business. It brings into sharp focus the necessity for innovation and collaboration to address a global challenge that is not receiving the attention it needs if we are to reduce emissions and hit climate targets. I thoroughly enjoyed the online learning experience and the opportunity to network with like-minded people from across the globe. I recommend this course if you have any interest in helping drive a net zero future.”

Jon Poore, Director, Turner & Townsend