Dr Anna Bullen and Amanda Smith look back on three years of designing and running CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain innovation labs and training courses that are empowering organisations to act on their climate emergency declarations.

Back in February 2020, we set ourselves the aim to improve the capacity of councils, communities and organisations to take action on the climate and ecological emergency, create systemic change, and increase resilience to climate change. So how would we do this?

The innovation lab model we have designed and delivered is co-creative, based on design-thinking, experimental, sense-making, and systemic. Through this and a series of training courses, we have guided a diverse range of people and organisations to develop solutions, break barriers and seize opportunities.

“The Zero Carbon Britain programme was the catalyst. It managed to bring [everyone] together and started that first conversation about how we might be able to work together to achieve a position of carbon neutrality.” – Innovation lab participant. Read more.