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The Church of England


The Church of England believes that environmental responsibility and tackling climate change are not optional extras, and is leading by example in making care for the environment central to what it does. The ‘Shrinking the Footprint’ campaign aims to encourage the 16,000 churches in England and Wales to reduce their carbon footprint by at least 80% by 2050, compared to 2005. Churches are reducing energy consumption, switching to green energy suppliers and installing on-site energy generation. Moreover, the Diocese of London – with 480 of the nation’s churches – has set up a scheme of ‘Climate Action Plans’, which encourages churches to use the money they save through energy efficiency to purchase EU Allowances through Carbon Retirement.

Brian Cuthbertson, the Diocese’s Head of Environmental Challenge, comments “We shouldn’t go on leaving our carbon costs till the never-never, falling into debt with the future! Far better to pay these costs now. It's wrong to leave the planet in a worse state than we found it. We’re proud to work with Carbon Retirement.” 


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