Buildings & Energy

The journey to carbon net-zero is a challenging one for all of us. Recognising the Church’s leadership role in environmental stewardship, the General Synod passed a motion in February 2020 to become net carbon zero by 2030. The Hereford Diocesan Synod followed suit in September 2020 and has an action plan and pathway towards that goal. We are already two years into that journey.

The good news is that there is plenty of good advice and help for all types of church, so we don’t need to travel this journey alone. Across our Diocese there is experience, encouragement and resources for all communities embarking on the journey. To find out more email Liz Mackay.

The National Environment team have a number of resources to help churches reach Net Zero Carbon. The practical path to net zero document recommends key actions you can take. Click here to view the document. To view a checklist of these actions you can work through click here.

To support our journey to net-zero by 2030 each church is asked to complete the ‘Carbon Footprint Tool’ on the Parish Returns.  This gives us information that helps measure and monitor part of our carbon footprint.  There is more information about the tool here.

Take inspiration in how this small group of churches in North Yorkshire decided to tackle the journey together.

Church & Society Team Eco Church