Executive Education Workshop Design for Business - SOLD OUT

Design Methods to Decarbonise your Business

Join this one-day introductory workshop to discover methods to measure and reduce your business carbon emissions and learn about innovative design-led net zero solutions.

What to expect

Delivered in person at the Design Museum, the key role of this 1-day Introductory level decarbonisation course for businesses is to support you to start implementing carbon reduction actions immediately.

Whatever business sector you are in, or level of design interest or expertise, the workshop will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to start decarbonising your business, now.

Through the facilitation of designer Alexie Sommer, you will learn from a team of experts, while gaining practical insights from business leaders Sony and Notpla.

Aimed at business leaders and those tasked with greening their organisations, this course will introduce decarbonisation methodologies including Life Cycle Assessment, GHG Protocol and carbon management platforms.

Using practical business case studies along with innovation stories from our current Waste Age: What can design do? exhibition, the course will explore innovative net zero carbon solutions and provide a rich and stimulating mixture of new ideas and practical tools.

Visit: alexiesommer.com

Learning outcomes

2030 UK Science-Based Targets require businesses to emit 50% less carbon than they did in 2018. Do you know what your 2018 emissions were? If not, this introductory course will teach you how to measure, reduce and remove carbon from your business through design-led methodology and tools that will help you to:

  • Discover tools to help you develop a ‘carbon reduction action plan’ for your business

  • Understand and implement day to day carbon reduction behaviour

  • Get ahead of carbon legislation and investigate net zero business incentives

  • Learn about innovative net zero carbon solutions

Programme outline

Participants will work in teams to discuss the opportunities and challenges that carbon removal presents and develop a carbon reduction action plan for their businesses. 

09:00 - Arrival coffee  reception

09:15 - Welcome & introductions 

09:30 - Why we need to decarbonise 

10:00 - Life Cycle Assessment & GHG Protocol – Scope 01, 02, 03 

10:30 - Break 

10:45 - LCA Waste Age – Urge Environmental Audit  with the Design Museum Curator Gemma Curtin

11:30 - How to decarbonise your building  with the museum's Head of Facilities Brian Reeves

12:15 - How to set up a Carbon Impact Model  with URGE Analyst Ralf Waterfield 

13:00 - Lunch (provided) 

14:00 - Carbon Management Platform demonstration  with Xtonnes ' Bengt Cousins-Jenvey 

14:30 - Carbon Reduction Action Plan Exercise 

15:20 - Break 

15:30 - Notpla – Material from Seaweed

16:15 - SONY – Supply chains

16:45 - Summary: Participant Questions & Feedback 

17:00 - End 

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Booking information

Adult: £250

Member: £200

Capacity for each workshop: 20

Suitable Age: 18+

PLEASE NOTE: Event sold out.
To join the waiting list please contact: learning@designmuseum.org

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Alexie Sommer

Alexie is a Designer and Communicator focused on the intersection between design creativity, business sustainability and authentic communication. A founding member of URGE collective, Alexie is passionate about delivering positive impact applied through strategic thinking and design intuition. Previously creative director at Thomas Matthews and Design Director for creative at The Guardian and The Observer newspaper group.


Ben Fullerton

Ben is a graphic designer at Notpla. He’s a hip-hop and hummus enthusiast from London. With a background in graphic and product design, he worked on the design and strategy for international spirits brands for eight years. He believes that truly great design comes from challenging and disrupting. At Notpla, he creates beautiful, intelligent and inspired work focused on the company’s identity, goals, and values.

Bengt Cousins-Jenvey

Bengt is co-founder and CTO of xtonne and has been working with businesses for over a decade to assess and address the environmental impacts of their assets and activities. He has authored policy for the Greater London Authority to support the London Plan, published award-winning academic research and had integral roles in the pioneering methodologies and software tools used by major sports events, ‘green gown’ universities and iconic footwear brands.

Brian Reeves

Brian is Head of Facilities at the Design Museum and has worked in the FM and Property Management sector for over 23 years, performing roles in organisations such as CBRE, LandSecurities and EMI. In addition to leading the museum's energy management and environment strategy, he has overseen CRC and energy commitments for a broad range of properties from private rental and retail estates to commercial office buildings in London.

Gemma Curtin

Gemma is a Curator at the Design Museum where she has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions covering contemporary architecture, product design and fashion including 'Waste Age - What can design do?', 'Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers', 'Ferrari - Under the Skin', and 'Beazley Designs of the Year'. Gemma previously worked at the National Museum of Wales and the City of Edinburgh Museums.

Isis Iglesias

Isis is a Procurement Category Manager looking to drive sustainability across the indirect supply chain at Sony Europe. She has experience working with service & marketing vendors in multiple industries accross Europe and Latin America. She is adamant to drive collaboration and continuous improvement of the ESG agenda via measurable and progressive target setting.

Kendra Quinn

Kendra is working at Notpla as an Impact & Sustainability Associate. Her background includes design, human geography and international development. She has always been interested in thoughtful design and its role in limiting our impact on the planet. Starting her Impact role one year ago, she has been involved with Notpla in the early stages. She loves to demystify sustainability and share knowledge about best practices of material's use.

Ralf Waterfield

Ralf is an Industrial Ecologist who specialises in life-cycle assessment, carbon footprinting and sustainability action planning. He works across multiple sectors to help clients measure and identify key levers for reducing the impact of their operations and supply chains. He takes a systems-thinking approach to develop practical and effective interventions that deliver long-term environmental, social and economic value.

Related exhibition

Working to make change in ‘Waste Age’

Reducing impact is everyone's business and a continuous learning process. Discover how the Design Museum is experimenting with adopting new methods to cut the environmental cost of its exhibitions. Through Waste Age: What Can Design Do, on display until 20 February 2022, the museum set out to understand the resource use, production methods, supply chains, and lifecycles of all exhibits and materials.

To make sure the museum was genuinely challenging existing methods, an advisory panel of leading experts were appointed alongside URGE to guide the development of the exhibition, and the museum teams also partnered with designers dedicated to ecological practices.

"We asked specialists to monitor our process, helping us to make change throughout."
– Gemma Curtin, Waste Age Curator, the Design Museum

View of the Post Waste exhibition section looking at the use and application of algae. Panel of tiles and 3D printed Vessels by Atelier Luma/Luma Arles, I.C.W Studio Klarenbeek & Dros, 2017 - 2021

Materialism, research project by studio DRIFT, which takes everyday items and investigates processes and materials

Installation by artist Ibrahim Mahama made from e-waste in Ghana

Bottle-Top Chain: A Winter's Month of Bottle Top. 6,600 bottle tops collected by volunteers from the Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition in Cornwall between Dec 2015 - Feb 2016

Charlotte McCurdy and Phillip Lim's biodegradable plant-based dress made of algae bioplastic sequins

Background image: The Design Museum Archive