Bold plans announced as churches seek to be carbon neutral by 2030

Barry White

The Church of England (C of E) has set out ambitious plans to be carbon neutral within eight years amid growing concerns over the climate crisis. It is estimated that C of E buildings produce 189,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases annually. With some 16,000 churches and 42 cathedrals included on their land, it is responsible for 45 per cent of all Grade I listed buildings in England, so it’s a daunting task. Some 8,500 parish churches were built before or during the medieval period which in itself present a number of huge problems to overcome.

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