Design Museum Academy Design for Business

Design Your Way to Net Zero

Join this one-day introductory decarbonisation workshop for small and medium-sized businesses to discover methods and tools to measure and reduce carbon emissions and learn about innovative design-led net zero solutions.

What to expect

This introductory-level CPD-certified decarbonisation course for businesses is designed to demystify and support you to start implementing carbon reduction actions immediately. Whatever business sector you are in, or your level of design interest or expertise, the workshop will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to start making change.

Through the facilitation of designer Alexie Sommer, you will learn from a team of industry experts and gain practical insights from business leaders. Aimed at leadership teams and those interested in greening their organisations, this workshop will introduce methodologies including Life Cycle Assessment, GHG Protocol and carbon management platforms.

Using case studies from our recent 'Waste Age: What can design do?' exhibition, the course will explore innovative carbon tracking solutions and provide a rich and stimulating mixture of inspiring ideas and practical tools.

Learning outcomes

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called on businesses to reduce their 2018 carbon emissions by 50% by 2030. Do you know what your 2018 emissions were? This course will teach you design-led methods and tools to measure and reduce carbon emissions.

• Discover design methods that support businesses to reduce their impact 

• Use tools to calculate your business carbon emissions

• Develop a carbon reduction action plan to implement day to day carbon reduction behaviour

• Learn about applying methods in practise and innovative net zero carbon solutions

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.

Programme outline

Participants will find out the opportunities and challenges that carbon removal presents and develop a carbon reduction action plan for their businesses. 

09.00 Arrival reception and coffee 

09.30 Welcome and introductions 

09.40 Alexie Sommer: Why we need to decarbonise – LCA – GHG Protocol – Scope 01, 02, 03 

10.30 Anjuli Pandit, Head of Sustainable Bonds EMEA & Americas, HSBC: The need for environmental data

11.15 Break 

11:30 Gabria Lupone: Calculating the impact of Waste Age

12.15 Introduction to carbon measuring and management with Xtonnes

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Activity: Calculate your business carbon using Xtonnes

15.00 Break 

15.15 Carbon Hotspot exercise

15.45 Notpla – Making packaging disappear

16.15 Summary: Participant Questions and Feedback 

16.30 End

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

This course is CPD certified.


Alexie Sommer

Sommer 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.


Anjuli Pandit

Pandit is Head of Sustainable Bonds for EMEA and the Americas at HSBC and previously worked at BNP Paribas, where she led ESG for BNP Paribas’ debt syndicate desk. Prior to that, Pandit headed corporates sustainability for BNP Paribas in the UK, and helped to define the firmwide sustainable financing agenda. Pandit has a rich and varied background in ESG, having worked with a number of organisations such as Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project.

Ben Fullerton

Fullerton 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.

Charlie Zhu

Zhu is a Data and Method Analyst at xtonnes. He combines quantitative expertise from his engineering background with a passion for the environment to deliver curated solutions to better society and planet. With a range of carbon analyses experience spanning from product lines to industrial facilities and more, he is particularly interested in how best to facilitate action in helping companies transition to a low-carbon future.

Gabria Lupone

Lupone is a Project Manager experienced in the arts and culture sector. She worked on our recent 'Waste Age: What can design do?' exhibition. Prior to joining the museum, Lupone worked for ten years on a variety of projects for biennials, museums and galleries in Europe, Africa and the USA. She holds an MA degree in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art and a BA degree in Criticism and Curating from Central Saint Martins.

Kendra Quinn

Quinn 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.

Vanessa Macalliver

Macalliver is a Director at xtonnes, and has experience building relationships and using data to drive change across the private and public sector, having worked on some of the toughest strategic and delivery challenges of major organisations across finance, retail, the public sector and telecoms. She has modelled and advised businesses from FTSE 100 companies to 25-person design firms on their current and projected carbon impacts.


From March 2022 course

“The course encouraged me to review and question the approach we are currently taking to carbon counting/monitoring. There were several interesting references and resources and my reading list has grown exponentially! I also developed a greater understanding of the key operational aspects where we can decarbonise and how we can plan for lower carbon with future premises and operations.”

“Excellent workshop, really great value and came away buzzing with ideas.”

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Booking information

Adult: £280
Early bird Adult: £250
Members: £230
Early bird Members: £200

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

Early bird deadline: Sunday 5 March 2023

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

Background image: Previous workshop photographed by Matthew Kaltenborn.