“Net zero”, church heating, and the consistory courts – II

The first part of this post, “Net zero”, church heating, and the consistory courts – I, (24 May 2021), reviewed twelve judicial considerations of replacement heating schemes, most of which had been handed down post-February 2020, the date on which General Synod agreed the “net zero by 2030” target for the Church of England’s greenhouse gas emissions. The judgment Re St. Thomas & St. Luke Dudley [2021] ECC Wor 2 was delivered on 5 May and circulated on 29 May 2021. In this, the Chancellor raised the fundamental issue how the consistory courts should approach cases involving the Church of England’s “net zero” target.

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