Help measure our carbon footprint by using the Energy Footprint Tool

First published on: 25th June 2021

Faiths4Change are running 'carbon literacy' training for church groups who want to take effective, high impact action to tackle Climate Change.

The training is a crash course in climate science, carbon footprints, taking action as an individual and as a community. This course is unique in looking at carbon literacy through a faith lens; exploring faith-led motivations to act, climate justice and church based actions. The course is valuable training for active Church groups to help direct effective, engaging and impactful climate action as a way to live faith and care for Creation.

Kate from Fazakerley Parish said “I learnt so much, in such a safe, non-judgemental setting.. Sharing this experience with the others from my church has no doubt gelled us together and we can now work as a team on supporting each other and our church & parish to help tackle climate change.”

There are three upcoming course dates available:

1.  Wednesday 30th June (9am – 5pm with breaks)
3.   Monday 5th and Tuesday 7th July (1 - 4:30pm both days)
5.  14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd July (7 - 8:30pm each day) 

Individual dates can be offered to groups of 10 people. The course is delivered online but for groups a blend of in person and online can be discussed and room hire costs can be covered. If you are an individual who is interested but can’t make any of the dates listed here, please get in touch to register your interest for future courses.

The course is accredited by the national Carbon Literacy Project and is available fully-funded to Liverpool City Region residents only.

Contact Annie Merry to book a place or to arrange to have a chat over the phone about the course: annie@faiths4change.org.uk

More information, including feedback from church groups who've done the course, can be found on the Faiths4Change website here:

https://www.faiths4change.org.uk/carbonliteracy.html

 

Help measure our carbon footprint by using the Energy Footprint Tool

Churches can find out their Carbon footprint by inputting their utility bills into this Church of England tool. The tool can be found on the Online Parish Returns System, and you will need your church's utility bills at hand.

For more information about the tool then click here

This information is really helpful as we continue our work to become an eco diocese and to contribute to the challenging Carbon Net Zero targets from the Church of England.

It is estimated that the total net carbon footprint for the Church of England’s church buildings (based on energy use alone) is around 185,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases per year.  This figure has been arrived at based on the results of the Energy Footprint Tool (EFT) which was launched last year and runs alongside the Parish Returns system. 

The EFT report can be read here.

The results for the national EFT predict that the total energy footprint for churches and church buildings in the Diocese of Liverpool is approximately 3800 tonnes of greenhouse gasses per year.  This is based on the information provided by churches in the Diocese of Liverpool which filled in the EFT last year.

The results for the national EFT predict that the total energy footprint for churches and church buildings in the Diocese of Liverpool is approximately 3800 tonnes of greenhouse gasses per year.  This is based on the information provided by churches in the Diocese of Liverpool which filled in the EFT last year.  It is important to measure the carbon footprint of the diocese so that we can work at reducing it year on year.  The only way we can achieve this and monitor year-on-year progress as a diocese is by churches filling in the EFT when entering their church’s Parish Returns (even in years when buildings aren’t in use).



Help reduce your footprint

By switching to a green tariff. Find out more from the  Parish Buying Energy Basket You can find many more tips and resources to help reduce carbon footprints here and also a noticeboard with a growing wealth of information added by people on the same journey. 

 



For help and support email our Diocesan Environmental Officer phil.leigh@liverpool.anglican.org 


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