Adult Learning Workshop Design for Business

Design Methods to Decarbonise your Business – Autumn 22

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

What to expect

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? This course will teach you design-led methodology to measure and reduce carbon.

This one-day introductory course will support you to implement 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.

Through the facilitation of designer Alexie Sommer, you will gain practical insights from a team of experts and business leaders including HSBC, Notpla and Climate In Colour. Aimed at leadership teams and those tasked with greening their organisations, this course will teach methodologies including Life Cycle Assessment, GHG Protocol and carbon management platforms.

Presenting case studies along with innovation stories from our previous exhibition 'Waste Age: What can design do?', the course will explore innovative carbon tracking solutions and provide a rich and stimulating mixture of new ideas and practical applications.

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. 

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

Course Timetable

09.00 – Arrival reception & coffee 

09.30 – Welcome & introductions 

09.45 – Why we need to decarbonise – LCA – GHG Protocol – Scope 01, 02, 03 

10.15 – AI for Climate Risk with Joycelyn Longdon

10.45 – The Need for Environmental Data with Gayle Muers, HSBC ESG Solutions Desk Director

11.15 – Break 

11:30 - How to set up a Carbon Impact Model with URGE Analyst Ralf Waterfield 

12.15 – Xtonnes Carbon Management Platform with Bengt Cousins-Jenvey

13.00 – Lunch (included)

13.45 – Activity: Calculate your business carbon using Xtonnes

14:30 – Exercise: Carbon Hotspot

15.00 – Coffee Break 

15.15 – Calculating the impact of Waste Age with Gabria Lupone & Brian Reeves

15.45 – Notpla – Making packaging disappear

16.15 - Summary: Participant Questions & Feedback 

16.30 – End

Learning outcomes

• Discover design methods that support you to better understand your business impact

• Use tools to calculate your business carbon emissions

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

• Learn about practical and innovative net-zero carbon solutions


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. Visit:

Guest Speakers

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.

Bengt Cousins-Jenvey

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

Brian Reeves

Reeves 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.

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.

Joycelyn Longdon

Longdon is a PhD student and climate researcher at Cambridge University on the Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Risk Programme. She is also the founder of Climate In Colour, an online education platform and community for the climate curious, making climate conversation more accessible and diverse. Longdon is now the climate columnist at award-winning company Gal-Dem and is a regular climate contributor on Sky News daily climate show.

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.

Ralf Waterfield

Waterfield 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.

Booking information

Adult: £350

Members: £300

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

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

Testimonials from our previous course

“Knowing that I wasn't 'behind' on my own and that everyone is on a journey together. I particularly liked the sessions looking at how we actually start to try and report things. I really liked the real-like example of the Design Museum's pledge to reduce carbon footprint (both exhibitions and buildings) but really all of it was great!”

“The course encouraged me to review and question the approach we are currently taking to carbon counting/monitoring. There were several really 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”.

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; Workshop images by Matthew Kaltenborn.