The Church of England: committed to change

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The Church’s ambitious targets include a carbon cut of 42% by 2020 and a new code for sustainable churches.

17 Sep 2011

The Church’s ambitious targets include a carbon cut of 42% by 2020 and a new code for sustainable churches.

St Paul's CathedralIn 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.

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