The Church’s ambitious targets include a carbon cut of 42% by 2020 and a new code for sustainable churches.
In 2009 the Church of England published Church and Earth, a statement of its environmental commitments over a seven-year plan and its achievements to date. Humanity is “approaching the limits of unsustainable economic growth and exploitation of the natural world”, it says, and calls for a “huge collective effort” to mitigate climate change. The Church’s own commitments include:
- a carbon cut of 42% by 2020 – one of the most stretching targets set by any state or organisation
- all Church schools to be classed as ‘sustainable’ by 2016, in line with emerging government policy
- the establishment of a Climate Justice Fund to support environmental projects benefiting churches and their communities in East Africa
- the development of a sustainable procurement system for the Church
- a code for sustainable churches, drawing on the standards of the National Trust, the Building Research Establishment, and the Green Building Council.