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/ 6 July 2022

Energy footprint tool closes to entries, 31 July 2022 – last call

Energy Footprint Tool for churches

As previously announced, the deadline for entering your parish data in the national Energy Footprint Tool (EFT) is now approaching fast. Parishes have until July 31st to enter their energy data from  2021.

The Energy Footprint Tool is a key part of the Annual Parish Returns system.  As before, it be found at Annual Returns Online. Just enter your Username and Password, then you’re into the system, ready to go.

If you’ve already made some of your entries in EFT for churches, and paused to get more of the necessary information – don’t forget to go back in, complete your entries then click ‘Submit’.

EFT is the Church of England’s bespoke tool to record your energy use and calculate your carbon emissions. A suitable adjustment to 2021 is still being made by the system automatically, to reflect Covid disruption. So you can enter your actual consumption figures, confident that these can reasonably be compared to past and future years. Your numbers are processed automatically, delivering your results straight to your computer or phone while you wait, including A to G ratings showing your buildings’ energy efficiency.

Last year’s figures were particularly encouraging – churches had saved 21.7% of their annual energy consumption from 2005-2020, translating into savings of 31.3% of CO2 emissions (after adjusting for Covid lockdowns in 2020).

The above figures came from a record 59% of our churches. Thank you to all the hard-worked staff and volunteers in our churches who have already completed this important piece of work again this year.

It gets easier each time you do it.  Much of your data should pop up automatically from your previous entries, including from last year, and in Stats for Mission.  Just make any additions, or necessary changes or corrections.

Keep bearing in mind you may have more than one building to record – the church and, say, a separate church hall.  Their figures are entered on additional sheets.  The system should guide you through this process.

This year, the extended Energy Toolkit is also available to use.  This covers houses, schools. Cathedrals and offices, and is also open for entries of 2021 data until 31 July 2022.

Any problems – we’re here to help. Just contact Brian Cuthbertson

More information

Energy Footprint Tool 2022 open for churches to enter 2021 fuel and power use

Energy Footprint Tool(includes introductory video)

Caring for God’s Creation (landing page, Environment and Sustainability).

About Brian Cuthbertson

Brian is the Head of Environment and Sustainability at the Diocese of London.

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