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Climate Action Programme

The Diocese of London’s Climate Action Programme for churches is part of Route 2050, the Diocese’s strategic plan to reduce the energy use and carbon footprint of all its buildings and property.

Our Climate Action Programme supports the contribution of churches to Route 2050. Its purpose is to cut the carbon emissions of our 480 churches across the Diocese by at least 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, compared to 2005.

See also Energy and carbon, global warming and climate change.

Three broad initiatives have been undertaken:

Environmental Audits

Working with environmental consultants Aardvark EM Ltd, environmental audits to measure energy use, carbon emissions, water and waste in individual churches were carried out in 2009 and following to 60 churches in the Two Cities Area of the Diocese. A smaller number of churches outside the Two Cities Area were also audited under this programme.

More audits were conducted in 2017 to churches in the Islington Deanery, part of Cloudesley’s 500th Anniversary Church Grant Programme.

Read more about Environmental Audits in our Climate Action Programme for churches.

Generic Building Solutions

A sample of churches from around the Diocese was chosen to devise typical solutions for radical change to buildings, so as to move towards the longer-term aims of at least 42% savings by 2020 and 80% savings by 2050.

The churches sampled included a range of different buildings, in order to generate guidance applicable to churches across the Diocese, and nationwide.

These churches were visited and a report produced by the renowned multi-disciplinary firm Arup. This has been updated in 2016.

Feasibility studies have also been completed for a pilot group of churches, and one of the resulting projects has been implemented.

Read more about Generic Building Solutions.

Energy-saving Benchmarking

Developed in partnership with Rickaby Thompson Associates, this project delivers in-depth analysis of the energy use and efficiency of participating churches.

Average consumption and carbon footprints for churches in the Diocese are estimated from Parish Annual Returns.

But there is no such thing as an average church! Benchmarking enables plans to be produced for individual churches according to their energy use, size, attendance and the various activities which take place there.

A site-specific target is also set for each church’s future savings, representing its fair share of the efforts of all churches to meet the Diocese’s targets.

Almost one third of churches in London have taken part so far.

Energy-saving Benchmarking is to-be employed in support of Cloudesley’s Environmental Audits in Islington.

Read more about Energy-saving Benchmarking.

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