How can you reduce the environmental impact of your training courses?

Article publication date: 05/06/2023

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At a time when resignations are on the rise, staff turnover has doubled over the last twenty years, and recruitment difficulties are multiplying, training is becoming an essential and key activity for companies. It enables them to remain competitive and consolidate their skills in their sector of activity, as well as strengthening employee loyalty.

While its importance is well established, its impact on the environment is still too often ignored or underestimated. Faced with today's ecological challenges, companies need to rethink all their activities in order to reduce their carbon footprint. This raises the question of the role of training in this reassessment.

Did you know

Since 1990, global fossil CO2 emissions have risen by 68%.

Source: Key Figures on Climate - France, Europe and the World, 2022 Edition

Companies at the heart
of theecological emergency

Growth is at the heart of our global operations, and as currently defined, it inevitably involves greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These play an essential role in climate regulation.

The Carbon Disclosure Project report published in 2017 estimated that 100 companies were responsible for 71% of global CO2 emissions. Although the study's methodology is challengeable, this work has highlighted the predominant role of structures in climate disruption.

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In 2022, the day of overshoot was July 28. By this date, we had consumed all the resources that the Earth can replenish in a year (biocapacity).

The ecological impact of training: the complexity of indirect costs

Quantifying the environmental impact of training is no easy task. The main reason for this difficulty is the multiplication of the multiplication of indirect consequences, those that are not directly attributed to the training activity. Energy costs, the mobilization and use of resources, the need to travel... the factors that have an impact on the environment multiply and interact.

Yet, as Veronika Tuul pointed out at the 5th Estonian Trainers' Conference, individuals can act on many of these factors to reduce the ecological footprint of training.

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