Environmental work so far
This page summarises work done under the Diocese’s Shrinking the Footprint campaign.
We are on a journey – this is how far we’ve travelled:
Campaign organisation and support
- Diocesan Environmental Policy
- Environmental Consultative Forum
- Full-time Head of Environmental and Sustainability.
Measuring and reducing energy use and carbon emissions
- Energy consumption figures with Parish Annual Returns – 2005-2017; more than 50% response rate
- From 2005 to 2017, 14.6% of energy use saved by churches, reducing carbon footprint by 13.7% (17.2% after reduction in carbon intensity of electricity); annual footprint down from 21,000 to 17,400 tonnes CO2e
- Route 2050 long-term plan for energy, carbon emissions and climate mitigation
- Climate Action Programme – Environmental Audits, Generic Building Solutions, Energy-saving Benchmarking
- 24 audits and resulting projects in Islington churches, paid for by local charity Cloudesley
- Generic Building Solutions; pilot projects progressing to two churches, beginning with St Mary Magdalene Paddington and St John at Hackney
- Professional advice commissioned on smart metering
- DAC study days for quinquennial inspectors on energy conservation and climate readiness.
Water and waste
- Deanery and Synod motions on recycling of waste from churches
- Extension of Energy-saving Benchmarking to include water consumption, waste disposal and recycling
- Zero to landfill waste disposal from Diocesan House; up to 75% recycled.
Wildlife and biodiversity
- Churchyards Ecology Survey in progress, 31 sites visited so far (Greater London wide, with Dioceses of Chelmsford, Southwark and Rochester)
- DAC advice on wildlife in churchyards
- Guidance on trees in churchyards.
Parishes and people
- Eco Church launched at St Paul’s Cathedral – more than 50 participant parishes signed up; 15 awards including one Gold, three Silvers and 11 Bronze awards
- Network of Parish Environmental Champions
- Support for the Environment and Mission Action Plans
- Advice on energy efficient lighting and heating
- Advice on switching to green electricity suppliers
- Climate Action Projects – at least 34 solar PV panels installations to churches and halls, houses and schools
- Green roof and energy piles at St Paul Hammersmith Church Centre (RIBA Award winning)
- Advice upon energy-saving and sustainability, many other parish building projects, with Parish Property Support Team and DAC
- Numerous parish audits and policies, local green initiatives eg in saving energy, lightbulb replacement, water and waste reduction, ethical food
- Green Corners awards to churchyards
- Lent Carbon Fast, Environment and Education Sundays, Creation Time
- Participation by local churches in ‘Transition Towns’, including Transition Ealing
- St Paul’s Cathedral – extensive environmental programme.
- Diocesan Board for Schools environmental policy and action.
- Home energy surveys and upgrades to parsonages
- Programme of double glazing progressing to parsonages
- Low carbon parsonage development projects – new Code 6 Vicarages for St John Wembley and St Nicholas Perivale complete; Wembley awarded the then highest score ever by Building Research Establishment
- More low carbon and ‘Passivhaus’ clergy houses completed and in the pipeline.
- Environmental audit and upgrades to 36 Causton Street, Display Energy Certificate (Band C)
- 2012 savings target exceeded, 2020 and 2050 targets part achieved
- Now net carbon neutral for fuel and power, after planting trees annually through the Woodland Trust
- Exclusive use of recycled paper
- Zero to landfill, 75% recycling
- Energy-saving IT systems, reconditioning of used computers.
- Diocesan risk analysis on extreme weather and flooding
- Rapid response to flooded communities.
- Public events programme
- Policy and engagement on Heathrow airport expansion (opposing a third runway)
- Collaboration with national C of E Environmental Programme
- General Synod motion, jointly with Truro Diocese, passed February 2019, to raise C of E’s contribution to the environment and climate change mitigation
- Involvement in consultations by Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
- Collaboration with other national and local government bodies, NGOs and educational charities
- Articles in Church Times, RICS, British Wildlife and other journals
- Participation in national Climate Week, International Year of Biodiversity
- Interfaith cooperation on climate change and the environment, with national Church and Lambeth Palace, Alliance of Religions and Conservation, the UN Secretary-General and the C of E’s ‘Church and Earth’ long-term plan, as well as individual faith groups.
- Collaboration with ALMA (Angola London Mozambique Association), eg in Lent Appeals for water projects
- Partnership visit to Anglican Province of Southern Africa
- Route around the World event in St George Bloomsbury.