Net Zero 101: What, Why and How

A free online course on the basics of climate science and net zero.

Program Level
Certificate course
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Course Overview

This free e-learning course is designed for anyone who wishes to develop a foundational level of understanding of basic science behind climate change, its environmental, social and economic impacts, and actions individuals can take to mitigate climate change and achieve a net-zero society. Technical background in climate science is not required to complete this course.

The course consists of three modules, each taking approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. This is a self-paced course and progress is saved automatically. At the end of each module, learners will be given a quiz. Upon successful completion of the quizzes, learners will receive a digital certificate issued by UNU-IAS.

The course contents can be accessed through the One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) platform.


This course is conducted in English

Course Syllabus

The full syllabus is available here


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This course was developed by UNU-IAS as part of its Innovation and Education programme, with support from the Ministry of Environment, Japan and the Korea Environment Corporation, Government of the Republic of Korea.