General Synod voted in February 2020 for the whole of the Church of England to achieve net zero carbon by 2030. The vote recognised that the global climate emergency is a crisis for God’s creation and a fundamental injustice.
The Church of England Birmingham (CofEB) is focussed on this target for all parts of the church to work to become net zero carbon by 2030. This target includes our church buildings, cathedral, schools, clergy houses, diocesan office and all work related travel.
The Routemap to Net Zero Carbon is a plan for how the Church of England can become net zero carbon by 2030, and the CofEB is working towards the milestones it sets out.
Detailed advice and guidance on how churches can work towards net zero carbon, including a series of helpful webinars, can be found on the CofE website here
All churches are encouraged to consider the Practical Path to Net Zero which provides recommendations for actions that all churches can take to reduce their energy usage and associated carbon emissions. This document is an excellent first step in considering simple actions that can be taken for any church building, through to bigger, more complex projects for busy churches with high energy use.