Benefit from having a net zero strategy

By Elizabeth Jackson, Course Advisor, ACBI

Imagine that it’s Wednesday 22 November 2023. Seven weeks from now. 

It’s time for your monthly work meeting, but something is different. You’re not scrambling to think of new initiatives to propose. You’re not resigning yourself to another mediocre update on the company’s environmental performance. Instead, you’re smashing your sustainability update. Your work colleagues are engaged and impressed. They want to learn more about your tasty proposal.  

And that proposal is… A 3-year net zero strategy.  

That’s right – net zero strategies aren’t just for the massive companies. You know, the ones that are Fortune 500 companies or part of the ASX200.  And net zero strategies aren’t just for other businesses who can afford to pay an arm and leg to top-tier consultancy firms either. Every business – big and small – can benefit from having a net zero strategy. And it doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take years to prepare either.

In fact, you could even get one drafted by the end of next month. How? That’s what Accelerate Zero co-founders Nick and Melissa will explain in the Pathways to Net Zero short course

Curious about this course? Download this course guide or view this webinar recording to find out more. And if you can imagine presenting a net zero strategy to your organisation, make sure you join this short course. 

Enrol by Tuesday 10 October to join this month’s intake.
How much time does it take to complete the course? 

The course takes approximately 8 hours to complete. It’s broken into two parts:

Part 1 (4 hours): The first part is involves completing 9 online modules. These modules will introduce you to the foundational knowledge and tools you need to build net zero pathways. You’ll gain access to this content as soon as you complete enrolling into the course. It can be completed at your own pace in your own time.

Part 2 (4 hours): This is a half-day interactive session where you’ll discuss how to tackle sustainability challenges that Australian organisations are facing. You’ll have a chance to learn from Nick Palousis and Melissa Houghton, who have over 20 years of field experience in implementing net zero strategies.

How much is the course? 

The course is $1,250 + GST. Applications for the 18 October 2023 intake close next week. If you are interested joining this short course, make sure to start your application today.

How do I know if this is the right course for me? 

This course is well suited to people who want to get started on implementing net zero initiatives. It’s for anyone who wants to know how to build a practical pathway to net zero for their organisation and make it happen.  The course is suited to people who work in a wide range of industries and within all sizes of businesses. 

Do I need to attend the half-day session in person? 

Not at all, you can attend it online instead. All you need to do is open Zoom on your computer! This online session will be held from 9am to 1pm (Sydney/Melbourne time) on Wednesday 18 October 2023. Alternatively, there is an option to attend face-to-face training in the Sydney CBD on Wednesday 18 October 2023.

Is this course only for sustainability professionals? 

Not at all! Anyone who has an interest in net zero and wants to help an organisation become more sustainable can gain a lot from this course. It’s suited to people skilled in a wide range of areas, including operations, WHS, procurement, corporate affairs, environmental management and more. After all, getting to an organisation net zero is not a one-person job; it needs the input of different teams and individuals.

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Careers for net zero

The Clean Energy Council and the Energy Efficiency Council are partnering to host the inaugural Careers for Net Zero Fair, inviting everyday Australians to learn more about career pathways that support net zero emissions, and how their skills can be used to accelerate our nation’s growing clean economy.

Held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, the free event will give attendees the opportunity to rub shoulders with industry leaders, learn about the rewarding benefits of entering rapidly growing and innovative sectors, as well as discover current job opportunities, connect with recruiters, and build valuable industry connections.

The event will be the first of its kind and aims to inspire and attract more workers to actively choose a clean economy career path to ensure Australia’s workforce is equipped with the right skills to achieve the nation’s 2030 emissions reduction and net zero target by 2050.

The Careers for Net Zero Fair is expected to attract 5,000 visitors, including recent graduates, seasoned professionals, students, migrant workers, educators, job hunters and more from across the nation.

For more information about the Careers for Net Zero Fair and how to register, visit

What: Careers for Net Zero Fair 2023

Date: Thursday 26 October 2023

Time: 9:00 AM – 5 PM

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC), 1 Convention Centre Place, Melbourne

Price: Free

S&P Global Sustainable1 – Live webinar: 

Kickstart your sustainability reporting journey – introducing the Sustainability Starter Pack

Tuesday 10 October 2023 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEST | More than ever, companies are looking to understand which sustainability issues present the greatest risk and opportunity to their business, across their own operations and supply chains, and effectively report them to stakeholders. Companies in Australia and New Zealand are increasingly pressured by the evolving obligations to report their ESG performance to a multitude of stakeholders like stock exchanges, customers, and investors.

Join our webinar on October 10th to learn more about:
ESG disclosure regulatory trend in Australia and New Zealand
The first steps in quantifying environmental footprints
Identifying ESG priorities through a Materiality Assessment
Referencing industry best practices on sustainability disclosures

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