Net Zero Action Plan (2023-2030) – Consultation Overview

Vacancy: Net Zero Delivery Director

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen within the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) for a Net Zero Delivery Director. The SEC has already published its Net Zero Toolkit and Check List and is currently consulting on its Net Zero Action Plan 2023-30.

You can read more about this vacancy here.

Consultation overview

This consultation phase for the Scottish Episcopal Church’s net zero strategy is an opportunity for stakeholders from across the province to help shape the future of our church. We want to ensure that everyone gets a say in how the church implements its net zero strategy.

You can download the draft Net Zero Action Plan (2023-2030) here.

Who is this consultation aimed at?

Stakeholders across the Scottish Episcopal Church including charges and dioceses, as well as provincial boards and committees.

Consultation objectives – why are we doing this?

  • To engage in a participatory process with stakeholders across the Scottish Episcopal Church, enabling all parties to express their views and provide input into the proposed Net Zero Action Plan (2023-2030).
  • We are seeking feedback on the overall Net Zero Action Plan, as it relates to the 2023-2030 period. As part of this, we want agreement on the Net Zero 2030 target definition including the proposed organisational boundary and the scopes of activities that will be included in our target. We also want feedback on the specific ‘Key Results’ that are associated with each of the ten core objectives found in section 7. Where we are seeking specific feedback, you will find guidance via a box like this👇
  • We welcome any comment into the overall strategy, including the proposed resources and enabling interventions that are being recommended to support this ambitious goal.
  • We want to raise awareness of the net zero journey ahead, build momentum and align the community on the shared objectives and tasks ahead ready for motion approval at General Synod 2023.
  • We want to embrace the collective intelligence of the SEC community to collect a broad set of valuable feedback including additional ideas, opinions and insights and make adaptations based on this.

How can we get involved?

  1. Register for one of the online webinars on either  Tuesday 21st February (16.30-18.00) or Thursday 9th March (11.30-13.00)bringing any questions you have about this document or our strategy.
  2. Complete the formal online consultation survey. You will find a copy of the questions included in the survey at the end of this document.

Deadline and next steps:

  • We expect it will take two hours to read this document. We would like you to submit your formal feedback on this draft Net Zero Action Plan (2023-2030) by 12 noon on Tuesday March 28th, when the online survey will close.
  • Data submitted as part of this process will then be reviewed and aggregated, with a presentation of the results and recommended changes presented for review by Provincial Environment Group on April 18th, 2023.
  • The final version of the PEG approved Net Zero Action Plan (2023-2030) will be offered for presentation to Standing Committee in April and subsequently included in the papers for General Synod 2023.
  • The Provincial Environment Group will seek approval of the Net Zero Action Plan (2023-2030) via a motion at General Synod 2023 (June 8-10th).

If you have any questions about the consultation, please email:

Engagement Strategy

  • Prior to the publishing of this proposed Net Zero Action Plan (2023-2030), representatives of the Provincial Environment Group have already had engagement regarding the high-level strategy with Bishops, Deans, the Provincial Buildings Committee, Church in Society Committee and Scottish Episcopal Institute, as well as guidance from Provincial Standing Committee.
  • PEG will also have representation at each 2023 Diocesan Synod – this being a good platform from which to interact with members of the church about the consultation, as well as receive valuable informal feedback to guide the strategy.
  • Letters about the consultation are sent to all provincial committees and boards, as well as diocese administrators and secretaries.
  • Information about the consultation has been included in the January 2023 edition of the SEC Inspires Online newsletter (you can sign-up via the website) and will also be highlighted in the February edition.
  • Information about this consultation is showcased on the front of the SEC website during the course of the consultation with promotion also via SEC social media channels.
  • The consultation was launched on Wednesday 15 February via a live stream introduced by Bishop Ian Paton, accompanied by consultant Robert Woodford. You can review the launch video from the PEG area of the SEC website, under ‘Tackling climate change’.
  • All charges’ vestries have been contacted directly via the GSO to ensure broad consultation, requesting at least one vestry member attend the launch or webinar.
  • We are reaching out to stakeholders using a variety of formats. However, the formal feedback process is managed via the online survey (see above). In general, formal feedback should be provided via this method. If this is not convenient, you are also welcome to provide feedback via an email using the address above and putting ‘consultation feedback’ in the title.

This draft Net Zero Action Plan is not a finished product, and the Provincial Environment Group don’t have all the answers – we want to co-create this together. Thank you for your contribution and input to help make this Net Zero Action Plan (2023-2030) a success. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.