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Local church environment policy action plan
Operation Noah Lecture 2/3/13 

The Diocese of Gloucester is committed to caring for the environment and supporting the work of local and national environmental organisations.

Shrinking the Footprint

The national church has a carbon reduction target of 80% by 2050 and an interim target of 42% by 2020 (in line with government commitments). Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national campaign to help the dioceses and local churches reach these targets.

Diocesan green energy scheme

Our Diocese has teamed up with Ecotricity to create a scheme through which both churches and individuals can sign up to switch to green energy. Please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer (details below) for more information.

Switch to Ecotricity and get a voucher worth up to £25 to spend at Waitrose (or John Lewis). Plus, for every household, vicarage or church that switches, Ecotricity will donate £25 to the Diocese of Gloucester into a special fund that will support new local environmental projects.

It’s really easy to switch. You can sign up in less than five minutes online at www.ecotricity.co.uk/dioceseofgloucester  or call them on 08000 302 302 and they’ll take care of the rest. Make sure you quote “GLOSD1” to take advantage of the full deal.

If you generate your own electricity you can register your Feed-in Tariff through Ecotricity. The Diocese of Gloucester has loans available in some circumstances for churches to develop green energy schemes such as solar panels on church roofs.

Energy Saving Benchmarking

“Energy Saving Benchmarking” is a detailed survey of the local church through which the church can identify its energy efficiency, rather than just its energy usage. The scheme does this by factoring in the annual footfall of the building, the different types of usage, the overall floor area, plus other factors. If you are interested in having a survey of your church then please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer.


A simple online tool designed to help you calculate the carbon footprint of your church. All churches and schools in the Diocese of Gloucester are able to access the online energy audit for free on the national Shrinking the Footprint website

Four good reasons to measure church energy

  • A better understanding of building efficiency
  • Compare energy usage with others
  • Share your commitment with the local community
  • Save money

The following materials will help you conduct your s measure energy audit:

User guide full guide to setting up and using sMeasure and monitoring energy
Data analysis guide – understand the results of energy monitoring and how energy usage can be reduced

Postcards for churches and schools – to promote energy monitoring and get more church buildings involved (available from the Diocesan Environment Officer)

Posters – for communicating energy monitoring in church buildings (available from the Diocesan Environment Officer).

Greening your church

For Creed and Creation is a booklet designed with the needs of the local church in mind. The booklet has a foreword from Bishop Michael and it gives practical advice on how to make environmental improvements to the church building, from simple, small scale projects to major schemes. Each project comes with a key which indicates the cost, time and people power required and provides information on wider resources available at the local and national level.
For Creed and Creation

Gloucestershire Churches Environmental Justice Network

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The network seeks to encourage reflection and action on environmental issues (especially in relation to a just and fair world) among Gloucestershire Christians, to support and encourage local Christians who are concerned about the environment and to provide an information exchange and to facilitate co-ordination of initiatives.

Membership is open to any Christian within the area of Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire – and interested members of other faiths are welcomed. If you would like information on future meetings and join the email network then please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer.

Notes from the GCEJN 9.5.13

Notes from the GCEJN 22.1.13

Transition Towns

Transition Towns is an international campaign which encourages a positive response to the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change by promoting resilient, low carbon communities. For more information on Transition Town initiatives in Gloucestershire and how churches can get involved please contact the Diocesan Environment Officer (details below).

Eco Church

An Eco Church is one that meets certain requirements for demonstrating care for the environment, parish and community. Full details are available at: http://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/how-eco-church-works/

Useful links:

Eco-congregation:  for church-orientated resources http://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk

A Rocha: for Christian conservation-orientated resources http://en.arocha.org/home

John Ray Initiative: for Christian theological and scientific resources www.jri.org.uk/

Christian Ecology Link: www.greenchristian.org.uk

Operation Noah: an educational and campaigning tool from Christian Ecology Link 

Living Generously: an e-community of people who covenant to live more responsibly and ethically 

Severn-Wye Energy Agency: the local government-sponsored agency supporting households 

Vision 21 for Gloucestershire: Gloucestershire’s Agenda 21 initiative. Vision 21 aims to involve all organisations working with sustainability in Gloucestershire so enabling a cohesive, co-operative effort, which furthers our shared goals www.vision21.org.uk


Arthur Champion – Diocese of Gloucester Environment Officer

Tel: 07955 475303 | Email: achampion@glosdioc.org.uk

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