Carbon Footprint, Energy & Buildings

As a faithful response to the climate crisis, the Diocese of Newcastle is aiming to reduce our carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. One of the major causes of climate change is carbon dioxide emissions, which act as a greenhouse gas, trapping the heat of the sun. ‘Net zero’ carbon means carbon emissions which are eliminated/balanced with the use of renewables and carbon removal.

Below you can find resources for how your church can play a part in the Church of England’s aim to become carbon neutral:


Where can you start?

Calculate your church emissions

  • The Energy Footprint Tool is part of the Church of England online Parish Returns System. Clergy and Church Treasurers complete this each year with information about the energy use of the church, using the church’s electricity and gas/oil bills. The tool calculates your churches’ carbon emissions from energy use and gives a carbon emissions (CO2) rating.
  • 360°carbon try this carbon calculator if you would like to calculate your church’s greenhouse gas emissions in more detail, to include other aspects of your mission and worship such as travel, food and waste.

Practical Path to Net Zero for Church Buildings

This short guide has been developed by the Church of England based on information from energy audits of churches. The Practical Path to Net Zero for Church Buildings, sets out where most churches should start, and more advanced projects for churches who use more energy.

Inspiration and Training

Get inspired

The Church of England has collected some case studies of churches that have achieved net zero carbon for you to read other churches’ experiences. Take a look at our Worship and Prayer page for further ideas on how to engage your community and your congregation to tackle climate change.

Net Zero Carbon Church webinars

To equip churches in the journey towards net zero the Church of England Environment Programme have put on a series of webinars on low carbon technologies, these are “technical webinars for non-technical people”. The webinars are free to attend but require you to register in advance.

Net Zero Carbon Church

Every church building is unique and some changes are quick and easy, but other changes require consideration for what will work in your building, and potentially fundraising or planning. Have a look at these diagrams to see the types of changes your church could make to reduce your carbon emissions:

Outside of the church

Inside the church

For more information see the Church of England’s Net Zero Carbon Church webpage.


National Guidance on Energy & Church Buildings

For specific guidance on aspects of your church building, search online on Church Care.

Sustainable Church Buildings

You probably already do a lot to maintain your church building - try to think about how you can incorporate into your existing maintenance choices that are good for the environment.

For more information on maintaining and reordering your church building to be more sustainable:


The Parish Resources website has compiled a national list of charitable grants for churches (scroll down to number 4), this is regularly updated and includes available funding from different organisations. It has a section of grants specifically for environmental projects.


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