Provincial Environment Group (PEG)
The Scottish Episcopal Church’s (SEC) approach to the urgent action needed across the whole of the church, contained within Net Zero Action Plan 2023-2030, was affirmed at General Synod 2023.
This built upon previous work and recommendations made since 2020, the background of which can be found here.
Whilst there are 10 sections, or ‘petals’, in the plan, the priority actions are focussed upon ensuring Energy Efficiency Improvements and Clean Energy within the SEC buildings. Encouraging work related Active Travel, and developing the way in which Net Zero considerations are built into the structures of the SEC are also important early actions.
Support for those who are working toward Net Zero includes:
- The webinar that introduces what Net Zero means for SEC.
- The development of the Net Zero Toolkit and Net Zero Workshop Cards.
- The introduction and development of facilitated workshops for charges. These have been developed in conjunction with ‘Heat Hack’, who have had considerable experience in working with churches to help them make decisions about their church. Sign up for workshops here.
- The availability of funding through the Building Grants Committee.
- The development of Diocesan Environment Groups and a cross Diocesan Working Group to share approaches and experience. Contact details for Diocesan offices can be found here.
- The appointment of skilled people who will support progress on this important work:
Net Zero Delivery Director: Paul Williams (email)
Net Zero Empowerment Co-ordinator: Bethany Nelson (email)
Net Zero Innovation Co-ordinator: Jack Nevin (email)
Carbon Projects and Data Officer: tba
Net Zero Sustainability Officer: tba
Net Zero Clean Energy Adviser: tba
The Provincial Environment Group is seeking creative ways in which to further populate the Net Zero Toolkit and are keen to hear from anyone who has suggestions, stories, or can provide resources that will help other charges to look at their own circumstances. Please get in touch via this page.