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.

Environment Programme

Programme history

In 2005, General Synod agreed on the need for Churchwide action on issues of climate change following the report Sharing God’s PlanetSince then, the Church’s environment programme has been working on a number of different initiatives and is currently helping the Church work towards being net zero carbon emissions by 2030. This is in line with the Synod motion passed in February 2020.

Some examples of our work include:

See what we've been up to recently on our news page.

Who is involved?

Environmental Working Group
The executive team
Find your environment officer

Our carbon footprint

We are committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030. We have recently launched the Energy Footprint Tool to enable our churches to calculate their carbon footprint. We are also currently consulting with dioceses on the best ways to measure the carbon footprint of all their emissions, sharing ideas through our webinar programme.

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 average carbon footprint of our churches by floor area
Our estate's total carbon footprint
The amount of money we could save

How has the national energy audit helped?

Collective energy monitoring has benefited people at all levels of the Church.

Individual church buildings
Diocesan level
National level

Join others around the world

Anglican Communion Environmental Network
European Christian Environmental Network

Source URL: https://www.churchofengland.org/about/environment-and-climate-change/about-our-environment-programme