Net zero

The Diocese of Oxford has committed to working towards net zero carbon emissions by 2035. This means supporting our churches, schools, vicarages, offices to reduce their emissions as far as possible, as well as looking at the impact of some of our resources. 

So far:
•   Over 215 churches have had an energy audit
•   £10m investment has been committed for our clergy houses
•   £1.5m has been invested in our schools for energy efficiency improvements

Read our net zero carbon action plan, and we will shortly publish our first carbon emissions report. 

Churches, energy and net zero carbon

There are four things a church can do to start this journey

1. Complete the Energy Footprint Tool

Thank you to all those who completed this year’s Parish Returns Energy Footprint Tool (EFT). The data gathered is used to establish the Church of England's carbon baseline and monitor progress, to track the impact of the steps your church is taking to reduce your emissions. At a Diocesan level it also helps us to:

  • Spot churches with heating system issues.
  • Identify which churches would benefit from an energy audit.
  • Discover examples of good practices to share.

Read the national guidance on filling in your EFT

2. Have an energy audit

The diocese offers tailored advice to help your church reduce its environmental footprint and save money on energy bills through an energy audit. This is particularly helpful during the current energy crisis. Plus, you will receive a grant to fund improvements following audit completion and a decarbonisation plan with long-term actions to reach net zero.

Apply here or find out more

3. Switch to a green tariff

Currently 20% of churches are on a renewable energy tariff. It’s the quickest way to reduce your carbon emissions, and support investment in renewable energy. The list of Church of England approved energy tariffs can be found here, and include the national Parish Buying Energy Basket scheme. 

4. Develop a net zero carbon action plan

Find out how to turn your church's energy audit recommendations into a deliverable action plan with our simple, step by step guidance, 'From audit to action plan'. Begin with the quick-wins that focus on energy efficiency, and start planning for the bigger changes. 

Read our guidance on renewable energy, alongside the Church Buildings guidance and resources and national Church of England webinars on reaching net zero

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