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Radical action is needed if we are to avoid dangerous climate breakdown. CAT offers practical solutions and hands-on learning to help create a zero carbon world.

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CAT at Home

Explore sustainable solutions from your home or garden with a range of online resources from CAT.

Webinar and online events

Gain practical tips and explore sustainability with CAT. Includes a new series of free webinars.

Zero Carbon Britain: Live Online

New online Zero Carbon Britain course exploring climate solutions now available. 21 to 22 July 2020

Latest Zero Carbon Britain report

Our latest report shows that we already have the tools and technology needed to get to Zero Carbon.

Graduate School - applications now open

Explore sustainability and how you can help create change on one of our postgraduate courses.

Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency

Our latest report, Zero Carbon Britain: Rising to the Climate Emergency, is out now.

Incorporating work from the last 12 years of Zero Carbon Britain research and the latest scientific and technological developments, the report presents a technically feasible scenario showcasing a future Zero Carbon Britain using only proven technology.

Click here to read the report

CAT at Home

Explore sustainable solutions from your home or garden with online resources from CAT.

Whether you’re keen to use your time at home to learn more about solutions to the climate and biodiversity emergency or are looking for fun wildlife activities to keep the kids connected to nature, we’ve got lots of online resources to help.

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Join the Graduate School of the Environment’s Head of School, Adrian Watson, Ecology and Food Programme Leader, Jane Fisher for an introduction to CAT, an overview of our postgraduate courses…

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Graduate School of the Environment

Gain the knowledge and skills to help address environmental change. CAT’s postgraduate courses are respected across the world, providing a big-picture, integrated approach to sustainability.

Zero Carbon Britain

To tackle climate change, all emissions that can go to zero must go to zero – as rapidly as possible. CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research shows how this can be done using technology available today.

Educational Trips

Bring your school, college or educational group to CAT and start exploring positive solutions to environmental challenges.
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Short Courses

Gain practical skills and hands-on experience with one of our day, weekend or week-long sustainability courses.
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Latest from the CAT Blog

CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment has been teaching completely via distance for two months now. Alis Rees, Graduate School Marketing Officer, caught up with three students from our postgraduate…

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Free Information Service

Wondering what you can do in your own home to help combat climate change? CAT’s free information service offers independent and impartial advice on a wide range of areas to help you live more sustainably.

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Panels

Generate electricity from the sun. Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels convert sunlight into electricity. You can use the electricity to power domestic appliances, and export excess energy to the grid. This…

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Natural and low impact building materials

Natural and low impact building materials

At CAT we’ve been using natural building materials for many years, and you can see examples all around our visitor centre. We also run hands-on courses and workshops and sell…

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Energy saving at home

Energy saving at home

From the very earliest days of CAT we have focused on building and renovating to high levels of insulation, so that we consume less energy. Reducing our energy demand makes…

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