Energy Audit Report Launched
This morning, at the annual Bishops’ Environment Group Breakfast at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, the Energy Audit Report was launched to over 40 Bishops.
The report has been produced to detail the carbon footprint of energy use in the Church’s built estate for 2012/13 and has involved more than a year of gathering energy data from buildings across the county as part of the National Energy Audit.
The Church is committed to a reduction in carbon footprint of 80% by 2050 and energy monitoring is an essential step in achieving this. The carbon footprint is between 608,706 and 1,013,490 tonnes of CO2, roughly equivalent to that of Morrison’s Supermarkets. This ballpark figure is a good starting point for the continued monitoring of the carbon footprint to measure progress towards the carbon reduction target.
The Energy Audit Report includes the average carbon footprints for the majority of building types within the church’s built estate and churches and cathedrals are given by size. This is to enable buildings across the country to calculate their carbon footprint and compare it to the average for their building type to see how they are performing.
With energy use representing a high proportion of a church’s costs there are financial as well as environmental benefits to improving the efficiency of energy use. Total energy costs for the year were approximately £124 million but the good news is that savings can amount to at least 10% through no or low cost measures.
The Energy Audit would not have been possible without the dedication of many volunteers across the country submitting meter readings.
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