The Church of England plan to cut their carbon footprint by switching to renewable energy and installing energy efficient lighting and electricals.
‘Shrinking the Footprint’ is Church of England’s campaign set to encourage churches, cathedrals and parishes to reduce energy bills and carbon emission, despite the restricted regulations on listed buildings.
The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division state that ‘some buildings have special challenges. Most cathedrals and churches are historic and cannot be insulated or heated easily,’ highlighting the extent they are willing to go to make the switch to renewable energy.
More than 400 churches already have solar panels installed, with St Anthony’s Church in Canterbury becoming the first carbon neutral church in Kent. The church is expected to save 42 tonnes of carbon dioxide within 25 years.
"Action to reduce our carbon footprint has been accompanied by national and international campaigning. In November 2015, around 45 pilgrims took part in a 200-mile pilgrimage to Paris as part of efforts to secure a fair, ambitious and binding deal at the United Nations climate change conference."
Bishop of Salisbury; lead bishop for the Church of England on the environment
"We may be the oldest Methodist building in the world but that doesn't mean we have to use the polluting energy of the past. Switching our energy provider to clean sources of power is a simple thing we can do to help the global transition to a low carbon world. If we, in a building as old as ours, can embrace the idea of renewable energy, then anyone can."
Manager of The New Room, Bristol (John Wesley’s Chapel)
Bromley Parish Church installed by Ecolution