​How green is your church?
6 April 2017 by Cara Butowski

​How green is your church?

The Parish Buying Service was set up five years ago by the Church of England, with the aim of saving churches money, time and to provide protection in the form of good contracts.

But how can Parish Buying help your church be better stewards of the environment?

Parish Buying’s most popular product is the ‘Energy Basket’. It pools the bulk buying power of the church to obtain competitive prices for gas and electricity, and last year’s basket had over 4,000 meters registered.

Currently, energy for the basket is purchased through the company 'Total Gas & Power', but where do this company source the energy? The energy mix will be diverse, but the company have a firm commitment to renewable energy, which means substantial amounts are from biomass, solar, wind and wave power.

In fact, in the 2017/18 basket over 50% of the electricity will be obtained from renewable sources. This is considerably higher than most UK energy suppliers, including Npower 20%, Gazprom 44%, British Gas 33%, EDF Energy 12.3%, and E-On 40%. Total Gas & Power state that they are committed to supporting local development, securing the future of energy, environmental stewardship, and combating climate change, so for eco-conscious churches it’s thumbs up for the Energy Basket.

We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care. If you are a church treasurer or a PCC member, engaging with Parish Buying is a good choice. It was set up by the Church, for the Church, with an emphasis is on quality products at competitive rates. All the contracts are written from scratch, with parishes in mind, so there is no danger of hidden costs or clauses.

You can register your church for free with the Parish Buying Service. Simply visit parishbuying.org.uk or phone 0800 368 0887.