We are here to help you take action on the environment. Amazing work is already taking place in churches across the country and we are well placed to share news, tips and resources.
"Reducing the causes of climate change is essential to the life of faith. It is a way to love our neighbour and to steward the gift of creation."
Archbishop Justin Welby
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Net Zero Carbon declaration by General Synod
The Church of England’s General Synod in February 2020 set new targets for all parts of the church to work to become carbon ‘net zero’ by 2030.
Members voted for all parts of the Church of England to take action and ramp-up efforts to reduce emissions, and called for urgent steps to examine requirements to reach the new target, and draw up an action plan.
Support and guidance on getting to Net Zero Carbon
A range of useful support has been issued since February:
- Read the "Practical Path to Net Zero for Church Buildings", guidance on heating principles, and on energy efficiency.
- Explore our interactive net zero carbon church, which links you through to relevant guidance.
- Read the national definition of Net Zero Carbon.
- Book onto our series of Net Zero Carbon webinars, or watch the videos of past topics (heating, solar panels, EV car charging, and far more).
- Use the Energy Footprint Tool to help you work out the carbon footprint of your church.
- Read these case studies to get inspired by what others have done.
- Read the joint statement by the Church Buildings Council and Cathedral Fabric Commission of England on how these issues will inform it's decisions and guidance.
- Read the best practice notes for architects and surveyors, describing how to integrate environmental matters into Quinquennial Inspections and into project work, issued jointly by the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and the Church of England Church Buildings Council.
- Find your local Diocesan Environment Officer.
Could your church take part in Climate Sunday during Creationtide, leading worship and committing to action on the climate? Find out more.