Environment

The Church of England Birmingham is now planning for all parts of the church to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2030. There are a number of ways that you can work with us to meet this target.

 

Measuring present energy usage of church buildings

In order to reach this net zero carbon target all parts of church need to understand our present carbon footprint. There are several tools available to help you to understand the present energy usage and carbon footprint of your church.

CofE Energy Footprint Tool – This simple to use tool will tell your church what your existing carbon footprint is, based on the energy you use to heat and light your buildings. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/policy-and-thinking/our-views/environment-and-climate-change/energyfootprinting

All parishes are encouraged to complete the Energy Footprint Tool through the Online Parish Returns System, which will help to us understand energy usage across the diocese. https://parishreturns.churchofengland.org/

Climate Stewards 360° Carbon – This tool helps you to capture the complete carbon footprint for your church in terms of energy, food, water, travel and procurement. It is an excellent next step for churches wishing to reduce their carbon footprint. The Eco Church scheme now asks that churches use this tool to qualify for an award. https://360carbon.org/

Green Journey – The green energy broker, Green Journey, offers a free visit to carry out an energy survey for your church buildings. This survey and subsequent report with recommendations are provided free of charge. Churches can then consider signing up to Green Journey’s green energy tariff. https://greenjourney.org/

 

Switching to green energy tariffs

A key way to reduce your church’s carbon footprint is to switch to a green energy tariff, moving away from the need for fossil fuels. There are several options available and churches should seek several quotes when considering energy providers.

Parish Buying – The ‘energy basket’ provided by the CofE uses the bulk buying power of the Church to obtain competitive prices for your gas and electricity. 100% of the electricity in the Energy Basket is green, all from UK-based renewable sources. Energy bought through Parish Buying automatically updates the CofE Energy Footprint Tool, showing the carbon footprint for your church building. https://www.parishbuying.org.uk/categories/energy

Green Journey – The green energy broker, Green Journey, procures 100% renewable energy suppliers for both gas and electricity for churches, with no upfront costs. They also offer a site visit and energy survey for your church buildings free of charge https://greenjourney.org/

 

Works to church buildings

Practical path to net zero for churches – New national CofE guidance on reducing energy usage for your church buildings has been published and offers a 'practical path' to net zero carbon, setting out where most churches should start, and more advanced projects for churches who use more energy. – https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/churchcare/advice-and-guidance-church-buildings/practical-path-net-zero

If you are considering a project to that will involve changes to your church building, please contact the CofE Birmingham Property Team for further advice and assistance.