Action for Creationtide: Energy Footprint Tool
03 September 2020 IN: Parish News
New data reveals that more than 3,000 churches are using the new Church of England Energy Footprint Tool to understand their carbon footprint and reduce their energy use and costs. The tool also helps the national church to measure progress towards the Church of England goal of “net carbon zero” by 2030.
Churches are asked as part of their annual statistics return to include information from their energy bills and some basic dimensions for their church buildings. The Energy Footprint Tool provides a calculation and issues a rating in the form of an energy chart, similar to those found on household appliances. In time, parishes will be able to login to an online dashboard to track their carbon footprint year on year.
Here in Manchester 48 churches are already engaging with the Energy Footprint Tool, and 27 have submitted returns for 2019. Since our energy use in 2020 will be heavily skewed by lockdown, the 2019 returns are particularly important in establishing a reliable baseline from which to measure change. For this reason, the deadline for submission of 2019 returns has been extended to 30 September 2020.
If your church has yet to submit returns, but you are unsure where to begin, help is at hand. Matt Carson of Christ Church, Friezland and a member of the diocesan Environment Working Group has produced a new video guide to how the tool works and what you need to get started. It’s clear, accessible and user-friendly! So if you do just one thing to mark Creationtide, why not take ten minutes to let Matt talk you through the process so that your returns help to build up a picture for the church to take action?