TURNING AMBITION INTO ACTION
General Synod affirmed in 2020 that the Scottish Episcopal Church should commit to working towards Net Zero carbon emissions by 2030. The Church in Society Technical Committee produced 10 points of guidance in 2021 to set the direction for practical action at Provincial, Diocesan, Church, and individual level. Thanks are due to the Committee for all the work they have done on this in the last year.
The Committee also recognised that a new group would need to be established to drive this action forward and grapple with the complexities of the diverse sets of circumstances that exist across the Province. The Provincial Environment Group (PEG), chaired by the Rt Rev Ian Paton (Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld & Dunblane), has been established to create links and work collaboratively across all sectors of the Scottish Episcopal Church.
The first step has been to produce a Toolkit and Checklist, embracing the 10 points of guidance. It includes the Energy Footprint Analyser (EFA), enabling churches to calculate the carbon emissions associated with the energy usage in their buildings as well as create a baseline from which future emissions can be tracked. PEG are asking that the data collected by churches is shared with the SEC in order to collectively monitor the progress being made to deliver on the goal of reaching net-zero by 2030.
The Towards Net Zero 2030 Provincial Toolkit and Checklist can be downloaded as a PDF here. This takes the form of a checklist table, which users are invited to complete to help understand where action has taken place and what action should be prioritised. It also provides links and resources which people find helpful. In addition, an editable standalone version of the checklist can be downloaded here to facilitate digital data entry.
The Energy Footprint Analyser (EFA) can be downloaded here as an interactive PDF file. Please note: you must download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC to open the EFA. The EFA will only work inside the official Acrobat Reader DC application.
All churches are encouraged to engage with these resources and liaise with their contacts in their Diocesan Climate Change Groups.
The Toolkit itself will evolve and develop as new resources are added and collective action takes place. It is intended that there will be consultation on policies and processes that may be developed. If you have any ideas or suggestions to contribute, or case studies that you could share then please get in touch with PEG at firstname.lastname@example.org.