LSBF Executive Education

Diploma of Sustainable Operations

The course explores the fundamentals of climate science, energy systems, energy technologies, energy and climate economics, public policy, energy and carbon management tools, environmental management, lifecycle analysis, strategic business management thinking and sustainability communication. This course is different from others in that it includes a series of innovative practical exercises. These exercises involve completing various carbon and energy management activities for a designated ‘hypothetical’ company. This includes an energy audit, sustainability reporting using the Global Reporting Initiative, greenhouse gas emissions inventory, the appraisal of various energy generation technologies, and finally, participation in an emissions trading scheme simulation. The simulation exercises are designed to complement the workshop material and contribute to fun and collaborative learning outcomes, as well as valuable skills that participants can really use in their own organisations once they have completed the course.

Participants will gain an in-depth and practical understanding of the following customizable topics: 
  • Understanding the fundamentals of climate science;
  • Understanding and applying energy, power and carbon principles;
  • Understanding and complying with government policy on climate change mitigation/adaptation;
  • Implementing energy management strategies to reduce carbon footprint and costs;
  • Understanding the lifecycle costs of different energy generation technologies
  • Understanding the role of Green Buildings in carbon and energy management;
  • Understanding electricity consumption patterns, bills, tariffs and power factors (etc);
  • Measuring and reporting an organisational ‘carbon and energy footprint’;
  • Measuring and reducing water consumption within an organisation, and understanding how this impacts energy use and GHG emissions;  
  • The advantages and disadvantages in commercially available and emerging low-carbon technologies, such as energy-efficient cooling systems, Variable Speed Drives and air-movement systems, advanced energy-efficient lighting technologies, advanced waste treatment technologies, solar PV and CST, wind power, hydro and tidal power systems, sustainable desalination technologies;
  • Developing an Energy Management Plan, including identifying energy efficiency and energy generation opportunities using a Level 2 “walk-through” audit;
  • Using Value Stream Mapping (VSM) to optimise management processes, to reduce costs and increase environmental benefits;
  • Undertaking a financial assessment of different low-carbon energy generation and energy efficiency technologies using Net Present Value (NPV) and Discount Cash-flow Analysis as part of a broader capital budgeting process;
  • Building a Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC) to prioritise low-carbon technologies; 
  • Developing a Carbon Management Strategy;
  • Integrating clean energy technologies in an urban and rural context;
  • Sustainable site planning and environmental management; 
  • Understanding clean technology investment trends, and the risks of ‘stranded assets’. 
  • Economic incentives and other financing opportunities for low-carbon technologies, including how to tap into USD350 billion in annual climate finance to fund your projects;
  • Understanding the potential value for carbon sequestration in natural ecosystems e.g. Palm Oil;
  • Developing carbon offset projects and how to “bring them to market”; 
  • Developing a business case for carbon and energy management, and how it should be present to management for approval;
  • Undertaking a climate change economic impact assessment to understand the cost of sea-level rise, severe weather and other;
  • Understanding the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation, and how to build an organisation’s resilience; 
  • Understanding and complying with climate policy, including carbon pricing mechanisms;
  • Participating in an Award Winning ‘real-time’ emissions trading scheme (ETS); 
  • Planning and managing energy generation and energy efficiency projects;
  • Undertaking a sustainable business management focused Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis; 
  • Reporting to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines; and
  • Developing a stakeholder sustainability communication plan. 

Course Syllabus & Content 
Structure of Course

1.      Ten (10) days of face-to-face hands-on intensive delivery, consisting of:

  • Daily seminars (group);
  • Daily practical exercise (group and individual);
  • Short mid-course Quiz;
  • Expert panel & networking session; and
  • Energy management site visits and case studies (group).

2.      This is followed by self-directed learning, which requires a number of assessment items to be completed by the participant in their own time within the following 6 months. This assessment includes:

  • Post-course report
  • Post-course online exam

3.      Participants will have access to up to 6 hours of face-to-face one on one training (either in person, or via video-link) and assessment time with a trainer when needed to assist those with difficulties with the assessment process.

4.      Email access is also available to all participants to assist with the assessment process. All emails will be answered within 48 hours, but where possible they are replied to on the same day.

5.      Participants will have access to ACSSTs online training website, which includes learning materials, online quizzes etc. 

Admission Requirements
This qualification is not suitable for direct entry from school. It is most suitable for employees and experts who currently work (at least 1 year) in the private or public sector where sustainability is an important issue, or whom are interested to acquire knowledge pertaining to sustainability. It is not restricted to candidates whom have an existing understanding of sustainability, and is designed for employees working in all types of industries, and from all disciplines. Candidates may enter the programme directly or as follow-on study from another qualification (such as Certificate IV in Sustainable Operations, Bachelor of Business, Master of Engineering, etc)”.
Minimum English Language Entry Requirement:
Able to speak and write well in English.
Minimum Age: 
21 years of age.
Course Duration

Full-time: 6 months / 10 days Intensive class + 5 months online study and post course report

  1. Mid-course quiz (1.5 hours, 15 questions, open book)
  2. Satisfactory completion of all group practical exercises (undertaken during course)
  3. Post-course online exam, 30 multi-choice/calculation questions, to be completed with 3 months of course completion (3 attempts allowed, 80% pass rate required)
  4. Post-course report, approx. 30 pages on the opportunities to reduce emissions/energy/water within the participants own organisation, to be completed within 6 months of course completion

Students must attain 75% classroom attendance during the course, and complete the online study (includes online exam and post-course report).

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