Towards net zero carbon

General Synod has called upon all parts of the Church of England to work to achieve year-on-year reductions in carbon emissions in order to reach net zero by 2030.It’s a big ask! Where can churches committed to the care of God’s Creation begin?

You will find some practical suggestions to reduce the carbon footprint of your church building in this document.

The Energy Footprint Tool is an important resource as we measure progress towards net zero. As part of the Online Parish Returns System, the Tool enables your church to identify its carbon footprint, and its energy efficiency. 

It surveys churches on:

  • Sources of energy used in church building(s)

  • Church energy usage

  • Building size and person hours

Where data is held elsewhere, for example attendance or building footprint, boxes are pre-populated. A guide to estimating usable floor space and visitor numbers is provided. You need only provide energy bills for 2020. (The calculation takes into account the circumstances and lockdown of 2020.) On completion of the survey you receive carbon emission figures and energy efficiency scores for your church building and links to tips for reducing emissions, saving you energy and money.

As the Church of England develops Practical pathways towards net carbon zero, if churches only do one thing, they are encouraged to complete the Energy Footprint Tool each year. 


For access to the Online Parish Returns System contact

Matt from eco church, Christ Church, Friezland, talks us through how to use the Energy Footprint Tool for your church.

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
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Manchester M3 2GH

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