Energy Footprint Tool


The Energy Footprint Tool allows all churches around the country to enter their utility bills and find out their 'carbon footprint'.
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The easy-to-use Energy Footprint Tool will tell your church what your 'carbon footprint' is annually, based on the energy you use to heat and light your buildings.

You can find the Energy Footprint Tool on the Online Parish Returns System

The system uses the information we already hold about your church to populate your answers. 

This means churches will only be asked for a small amount of additional information. You will need your 2023 electricity and gas/oil bills to hand.

The deadline for entries to be included in national statistics is the end of July 2024. 

Overall, the Energy Footprint Tool helps build a national picture of our baseline and progress towards becoming net zero carbon by 2030. It also allows you locally to know where you are starting from and how much progress you are making.

General Synod voted in February 2020 for the whole of the Church of England to achieve net zero carbon by 2030.  The vote recognised that responding to the climate crisis is an essential part of our responsibility to safeguard God’s creation and achieve a just world.

On the Church of England's Routemap to Net Zero Carbon by 2030, the first milestone for churches in 2023 is to start using the Energy Footprint Tool if you haven’t already.



Why did we develop the EFT?
What is the EFT for, and where do I find it?
What have we learnt from the EFT so far?
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How does the EFT work?
Who created the EFT?

How to fill out the Energy Footprint Tool - a detailed screen by screen walk through to help you fill out the tool.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What information do you need to hand to complete the EFT?
How long will it take me to fill out the EFT?
Our parish is a multi-church benefice, how do I enter this in the EFT?
How do we enter information for our church hall if it is separate from our Church?
How do we enter information for our church hall, if it is in the same building as our Church, with only one meter?
We don’t own or pay energy bills for any buildings. Should I still complete the EFT?
How do I enter work-related travel?
How can I tell if my electricity supply is single or 3 phase in order to answer this question in the EFT?
Which green energy providers 'count' for EFT purposes?
How do I exclude an area which is permanently rented out to tenants and sub-metered?
Can I generate a report to print out and take to our APCC meeting?
Is the EFT linked to the Climate Steward's Carbon 360 tool?
Can I enter energy data for previous years if this wasn’t entered before, or correct data which I know now is incorrect?
Can I see our previous EFT entries?
I have realised that a mistake was made in completing the EFT after it was submitted, what should I do?
I need help completing the EFT, where can I find help?
Once we know our carbon footprint, what next?