What is a Carbon Footprint?
First of all, what is a carbon footprint, whether it’s for an individual, a church or a large organisation?
Your carbon footprint is how much carbon is released into the atmosphere as a result of your everyday activities. Carbon emissions – in the form of carbon dioxide and methane – are what cause global warming and climate change.
How Do We Measure a Carbon Footprint?
The Energy Footprint Tool is the tool used to record the use of fossil fuels by churches, and also to assess the efficiency of the building(s).
The whole diocese is working to reduce its carbon footprint so that we reach Net Zero by 2030. This is the target required by General Synod. A key part of this is measuring our carbon footprint using the Energy Footprint Tool.
At the moment only a small percentage of parishes have completed their 2023 EFT, so please make sure that your church has sent theirs in before the end of August.
Climate Stewards provide calculators for individuals, small organisations (including churches) and large organisations. They also provide guidance on reducing your carbon footprint.