Towards net zero carbon for churches

On 12 February this year, the General Synod of the Church of England passed an amended resolution committing it to work towards reducing its GHG emissions to net zero by 2030 – a more demanding target than that of the initial motion which was “to reach net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest”. This was followed on 28 April 2020 when new advice on The practical path to net zero carbon for churches was added to the Advice and guidance for church buildings pages on the ChurchCare section of the CofE web site.

This post gives a brief background to monitoring by the Church of England of its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a summary and analysis of the new guidance note, and comments on its implementation. Continue reading