UK: Fifty Shades Greener (FSG) and the Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality (CTH) have created the first Level 4 certificate in environmental sustainability management in hospitality.
The programme is the first of its kind to be regulated as an official qualification on the Ofqual framework. It aims to help students measure, monitor and manage carbon emission reduction.
It can be delivered fully online through The Green Manager programme by FSG and accredited by CTH. It can also be delivered through colleges with the qualification training toolkit to become a CTH Approved Training Centre.
Simon Cleaver, director of partnerships at CTH, said: “COP26 called wake-up time to the world’s carbon producing industries. If we want the hospitality sector to be able to thrive in the new carbon-neutral age then as an industry we are going to need to embrace radical new thinking. This qualification represents one practical step towards a cleaner, more sustainable future for the industry we love.”
Raquel Noboa, founder of FSG, said: “Reducing carbon emissions should be something that becomes paramount in our daily routines if we really want to provoke a mind-set change. Environmental education is key to driving this transformation and the general education system has a responsibility to not only prepare learners for the world of work, but provide them with the skills to influence employers, politicians and wider society. This can be achieved through teaching learners how to manage, measure and monitor carbon emissions. When you do not measure something, you cannot manage it.”
Fifty Shades Greener is an environmental education company based in Ireland working with hospitality businesses worldwide. The company was selected to train all COP26 accommodation providers in Scotland last year.