All 42 dioceses signed-up to become eco dioceses ahead of 2030 net zero carbon target
13 January 2022
All 42 dioceses in the Church of England have signed up to become an “eco diocese” as part of their commitment to reach carbon net zero by 2030.
The Eco Dioceses scheme, developed by the charity A Rocha UK, sees churches and dioceses awarded bronze, silver, or gold status depending on actions taken to improve their environmental footprint.
The Church of England is seeking to reach “net zero” carbon by 2030 to meet a target set by General Synod in 2020.
Graham Usher, the Bishop of Norwich and lead bishop for the environment, said: “Having every diocese sign up is a statement of intent from all of us as we take seriously the need to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss today.
“A Rocha’s Eco Church and Diocese scheme is a great tool which enables local churches at every level of their climate justice journey to engage with environmental issues.
“We know that climate change and biodiversity loss impact us all – especially the world’s poorest countries.
“As Christians, we must make real differences to our lives to care for God’s creation and limit the impact of the climate emergency.
“This is why it is imperative that we reach net zero carbon across the Church of England by the end of the decade.
“The whole Church is currently looking at our proposed Rouetmap to Net Zero Carbon by 2030 and I would encourage everyone to read it and engage with the survey so we can make the journey to net zero carbon together.”
Helen Stephens, Church Relations Manager at A Rocha UK, said: “At the start of 2022, we all know the scale of the challenges we face to avert catastrophic climate change and the loss of nature – and what’s needed to avert this.
“The steps taken by the Dioceses of the Church of England reflect a united commitment to encourage grassroots action at a parish level.
“As each diocese progresses through the Eco Diocese scheme more churches will become Eco Churches, a growing church community which cares for creation across all aspects of life; commits dioceses to action towards net zero carbon emissions; and incorporates creation care into ongoing ministerial training.
“We commend all of the dioceses for making this commitment and look forward to many more award applications as they continue to take action.”