Sustainable Church Buildings Project to help Islington churches cut energy use

Sustainable Church Buildings Project to help Islington churches cut energy use

Annette McGill

The Diocese of London and the Cloudesley charitable trust have launched a new project to help Islington parishes reduce their energy use through the care and maintenance of their church buildings.

The Sustainable Church Buildings Project will undertake environmental audits of 24 of Islington’s Church of England churches. It will provide written reports setting out recommendations for changes and adaptations to reduce energy use.

Cloudesley will provide grant funding to contribute towards the recommended works.

A learning programme will help raise awareness of environmental issues relating to church buildings across the Islington Deanery.

The Sustainable Church Buildings Project builds on the Diocese of London’s experience conducting environmental audits. During 2009 and 2010, 60 churches in the Cities of London and Westminster underwent environmental inspections. The resulting reports provided data on energy use and recommendations for reducing the churches’ carbon footprints.

The Islington project will also be supported by the Diocese’s established system of Energy-saving Benchmarking.

The Diocese of London has developed a strategic long-term plan to reduce the energy use and carbon footprint of all its buildings and property, entitled Route 2050. The Diocese’s Climate Action Programme specifically supports the contribution of churches buildings to Route 2050. It aims to cut the carbon emissions of 480 churches across the Diocese by at least 42% by 2020 and reduce it by 80% by 2050, compared to 2005.

Route 2050 is part of the Church of England's national "Shrinking the Footprint" campaign, which aims to enable the Church to address the issue of climate change.

The Islington project was launched at a church service marking the start of the Cloudesley charity’s 500th anniversary. The independent trust was founded in 1517 under the will of Tudor yeoman and Islington resident Richard Cloudesley.  As part of the anniversary year, £625,000 of additional grant funding for churches will be available, including through the Sustainable Church Buildings Project.

You can read more about the Sustainable Church Buildings Project on the Diocese of London website.