Our national environmental programme exists to enable the whole Church to address - in faith, practice and mission - the issue of climate change and care of creation.
The moral crisis of climate change is an opportunity to find purpose and joy, and to respond to our creator’s charge. 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.Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Who is involved?
The group brings together experts to help oversee, advise and support the environment programme.
- Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam (Chair) - Bishop of Salisbury
- Rt Revd Richard Cheetham - Bishop of Kingston
- Rt Revd Graham Usher - Bishop of Norwich
- The Ven Stephen Taylor - Archdeacon of Maidstone
- Revd Canon Giles Goddard - Vicar and member of Synod Environment Group
- Revd Canon Catherine Grylls – Vicar and chair of Synod Environment Group
- Philip Fletcher - Chair of Southwark Diocesan Advisory Committee
- Revd Canon Dr Victoria Johnson – Canon at Ely Cathedral and member of Mission & Public Affairs Council
- Revd Dave Bookless - Director of Theology for A Rocha International
- Dr Robyn Pender - Senior Architectural Conservator at Historic England and member of the Cathedral Fabrics Commission for England
- Jemima Parker - Diocesan Environment Officer, Leeds
- Becky Clark – Director of Cathedral and Church Buildings Division
- Malcolm Brown – Director of Mission and Public Affairs Division
- Mark Betson - National Rural Officer, MPA
Jo Chamberlain - Environment Officer, Mission and Public Affairs (07884 751915) email
Catherine Ross - Open and Sustainable Churches Officer (0207 898 1865) email
David Shreeve - Environmental Adviser (0207 591 3111) email
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The Anglican Communion involves about 85 million Christians in over 165 countries.
We are united in 5 marks of mission. One of these is the commitment ‘to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth’.
We work with the Communion Environmental Network to bring the dramatic impacts felt by our neighbours closer to our hearts. In many areas our sisters and brothers experience conflict, food shortages and extreme weather caused by the changing climate.
We need to work together to care for our common home.
The Shrinking the Footprint campaign was launched to support the whole Church in addressing climate change.
Some examples of our work include:
- Energy options
- Increasing awareness of the links between climate change and faith
- Campaigns and interfaith work like The Lambeth Declaration and the Pilgrimage to Paris
- Creationtide resources (1 Sep - 4 Oct)
- The plastic free lent challenge
- Churchyard tree conferences and grants for ancient yews
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Our carbon footprint
We are committed to reducing our carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.
In 2012 and 2013, we ran a national energy audit of our cathedrals, churches, schools, clergy houses and offices. We produced a snapshot of our carbon footprint at that moment.
What where the highlights?
The audit helped us calculate the average carbon footprint of our churches by floor area.
- Small church (<250m2) = 7 tonnes of CO2
- Medium church (250-649m2) = 17 tonnes of CO2
- Large church (>649m2) = 40 tonnes of CO2
Where do you fit in?
We know that our energy use was between 611,877 and 1,018,774 tonnes of CO2.
This is down from the 2007 figure.
The margin of error is large because we only had accurate information from a relatively small number of buildings. As we get more data we can improve the accuracy and work towards our ambitious target.
In 2012-2013, our total energy costs were about £124,000,000.
We believe that we could save around 10% by using no and low-cost energy solutions. That’s about £12,400,000 a year.
How has the national energy audit helped?
Collective energy monitoring has benefited people at all levels of the Church.
Dioceses were able to collectively track the energy use of all their buildings. It helped them monitor their progress towards the reduction target. And it enabled them to identify and support specific buildings in need of help.
The audit helped us understand the energy use and carbon footprint of our built estate. It allowed us to track our progress towards our 2050 target. And it helped us identify where to focus our limited resources and funds.