Environmental Measures

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is the Church of England's national environmental campaign.

"The present challenges of environment and economy, of human development and global poverty, can only be faced with extraordinary Christ-liberated courage."
Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

“The Church is committed to a Carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050 (in line with Government commitments), with an interim target of 42% by 2020. Good practice is already established in many churches round the country and Shrinking the Footprint is uniquely placed to share news, tips and resources, it’s website including:-

  • Free energy audit tool to help your church identify savings
  • Taking action - a step by step guide to increasing energy efficiency
  • Advice on new technology, recycling, transport and more
  • News, case studies and best practice

Ruth Knight is the Shrinking the Footprint environmental policy officer.

David Shreeve is part of the policy adviser team for the Church of England, taking a lead on issues around the environment.”


This may help you:

Inspired North East is working with local congregations to help achieve a sustainable future for church buildings as living places of worship, used and enjoyed by local communities, welcoming to visitors, and unique heritage assets.

"As such, we offer advice and support service to places of worship throughout the area covered by the Church of England Dioceses of Durham and Newcastle.”



sMeasureIt only takes five minutes per week to help reduce and control energy costs and provide an ongoing record of energy use. It is possible that churches can save between 10% and 40% of their energy use by tracking their gas, electricity and oil usage with minimal effort.  

sMeasure can help the parishes of the Diocese track and reduce energy use and carbon emissions, thereby helping parishes to contribute to the Church of England’s overall goal of reducing its carbon footprints significantly over the next few years."

sMeasure is an innovative tool that I am confident will lead to parishes developing some creative means of both reducing energy bills and their carbon footprint", commented Archdeacon Peter Robinson.

"I commend the sMeasure package to all parishes who wish to take seriously their engagement with the environment and contribute to the Church of England’s efforts in reaching the goals set out in its policy document ‘Shrinking the Footprint’.” 

  • If any parish is interested in finding out more, then please contact the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne’s office: pjarobinson@btinternet.com, telephone 01670 503810, for details of how to sign up. 


Carbon Neutrality 

One of the major drivers of current climatic change is the amount of carbon dioxide which human society emits into the lower atmosphere (the Troposphere). Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas which absorbs the infra-red radiation emitted by the Earth’s surface. Central to shrinking our footprint we need to address the issue of how much carbon is being emitted by our various activities as churches and as individuals. Our ultimate target is to make our activities carbon neutral, that is to say their net carbon output is offset by reductions elsewhere. This requires us to monitor every aspect of our activities.

A number of websites offer assistance in this regard but you may find the site below useful as a starting point:


A Rocha UKEco-Congregation to Eco Church

A Rocha have taken over what we have known as Eco-Congregation and it will now be called Eco Church.

Congregations who wish to include caring for God’s Creation in their mission profile can follow a number of modules to obtain bronze and silver awards.

Only when a parish wishes to go for a gold award need do they need to approach an external assessor.

Details of Eco Church can be obtained via the A Rocha website at www.arocha.org.uk/our-activities/churches/eco-congregation.

Our diocesan contact point if you are considering involvement in an Eco Church award is Canon Peter Dodd at thedodds@hotmail.co.uk or phone 0191 266 1293.


Climate Stewards

Climate Stewards, an organisation based in Nunney in Somerset, believes that we are all called to be good stewards of God’s earth, and that voluntary carbon offsetting is a great way to do this. Of particular value is their regular free monthly newsletter which contains advice on a range of environmental actions.

If you want to explore how you can achieve carbon offsetting as an individual or as a church then the following site will do this for you

The Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust was established in November 1992 as a public-private partnership. Its principal goals are to achieve the sustainable use of energy and to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

It acts as a bridge between consumers, government, trade, businesses and its target audience is consumers, local authorities, energy companies, and policy makers. It offers free advice and information on, for example, how to reduce carbon emissions, use water more sustainably, and save money on energy bills.


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