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What churches are doing?

Across the Church of England there are many great examples of parishes taking environmental action.

View the 24 Hours of Reality film A Higher Power about the Church of England's environment work.

Be inspired by the projects that were shortlisted for the Green Awards that we ran in partnership with the Church Times.

Take a look at the film of Gloucester Cathedral's solar panels installation and read the case study here.


Below are a number of case studies but we are looking for more!

Let us know about the environmental action you have taken or plan to take as a church, as a community or as an individual.

Have you reduced your use of plastic, increased your churchyard biodiversity, improved your energy efficiency, engaged with your MP or held a green service?

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Click here for an interactive map of church buildings with renewable energy systems.

Click here for a map of churches with waterless toilets


Bath and Wells

St Bridget, Chelvey, Somerset, Bath and Wells

This grade 1 listed church has installed solar panels reducing CO2 emissions.


St John's Church, Yealand, Lancashire
The church installed solar panels on the roof whilst making roof repairs. They have also undertaken significant internal reordering making it more usable by the wider community.

Church of the Good Shepard, Tatham Fells, BlackburnThe church has installed a biomass boile. This has reduced there CO2 emissions and keeps the church warm encouraging attendance. 


St Peter's Maney

The church has recently installed solar panels and planted bee friendly flowers to encourage wildlife in the churchyard.


St John's, Bigrigg, Carlisle

The installation of a Ground Source Heat Pump has led to financial savings for the church.


St Anthony’s Church, Alkham, Canterbury
The Church installed solar panels to become the first carbon neutral church in Kent. They were installed on the south aisle roof, where they are hidden from view by the surrounding parapet. They will produce 3,300 kilowatt hours of electricity per year with expected carbon dioxide savings of 42 tonnes over their lifetime of 25 years.


Church of St Peter’s, Whatcote, Coventry
A rural medieval church that has transformed itself to a thriving community centre. Using only electricity their energy consumption has most likely gone up so they are looking to energy monitoring to help them understand their energy use as the first step to taking action to reduce their footprint.


St Pauls, Gulworthy, Exeter
The grade II listed church replaced worn out storage heaters and portable radiant heaters with a new radiator system and 50 kW wood pellet boiler in a free-standing ‘pod’ against the church.

St John, Shiphay, Exeter
In 2000, the parish installed 3kW of photovoltaic solar panels on the church hall to generate electricity as part of a package of measures to improve the building.

St Bartholomew’s House, Ogwell, Exeter
In January 2009, the Diocese of Exeter installed an air source heat pump and wet central heating system in clergy housing at St Bartholomew’s House, Ogwell, Newton Abbot.

St Philip & St James, Escot, Exeter
St Philip and St James, Escot, is located within the Escot estate in East Devon. It is isolated and not supplied with running water. The church wanted to provide toilet facilities so it could host special events, so installed a twin Tree Bog in the summer of 2009.


St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Withington, Gloucester
The Church claims to be the first zero carbon church in the UK after completing a combined programme of energy reduction and renewable energy generation. This included installing a biomass boiler and solar PV panels.


St Leonards, Yarpole The church has installed a biomass boiler, new insulation and now sources locally produced food sold in church-based community shop.

St Mary, Bucknell The church has installed a Ground Source Heat Pump to replace there 30 year old boiler. The project was complete in 6 months.


Bradford Cathedral The cathedral has implemented wide ranging environmental initiatives including installing energy saving light bulbs and LEDs, energy monitoring systems, solar panels and ensuring local and fairtrade food supplies.

St Bartholomew's Church, Armley The church have been monitoring energy use using sMeasure since December 2010 and have achieved a reduction.

St Chad’s Church, Far Headingley, Ripon & Leeds The Church underwent a major re-ordering to save energy costs which included underfloor heating, new radiators with wireless controls, a screened off side chapel, a new glazed welcome area and a lighting upgrade to energy efficient bulbs. They are also monitoring their energy use on sMeasure to help identify how they can use their new systems most efficiently.
St Mark’s Church, Harrogate, Ripon & Leeds
The Church has over a number of years worked hard to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. They have undertaken an energy audit and worked with an energy consultant to advise on the best options for energy saving. They installed underfloor heating, energy efficient lighting, roof insulation. More recently they lowered the ceiling to improve energy efficiency and installed photo-voltaic panels to generate electricity.

St John's, Farsley, Leeds

The church has implemented a number of environmental initiatives including a solar panel installation, replacing lights with LEDs and installing an automatic door for heat conservation.

St Matthew, Bankfoot, Bradford

This Grade II listed church has installed 16 solar PV panels in August 2014. It took 6 months to complete. 


St Deny's, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

The church has installed solar panels on their south facing roof saving 4.5 tonnes of CO2 a year.

St James’ Church, Piccadilly, London

The church installed solar PV panels over the south aisle in 2005. They are secured and weighted down by boxes holding bags of gravel, meaning there is no permanent impact to the historic roof of this Grade I listed church.

St Silas, Pentonvile, LondonThe church recently replaced their roof incorperating solar voltaic tiles along with replacing inefficient lightbulbs and conducting an energy audit. These changes will lead to a carbon reducing saving of over 7,000kg of CO2 annually.


All Saints, Wing, BuckinghamshireThe church installed 54 solar panels onto the nave and south aisle roof to reduce the church's carbon footprint and help care for creation.

St Mary the Virgin, Witney
St Mary's has been monitoring energy use using sMeasure since January 2012 and have achieved a reduction.

St Matthew's Church, Oxfordshire
St Matthew's has been monitoring energy use using sMeasure since January 2012 and have achieved a reduction.

St Michael and All Angel's church, Beaconsfield
St Matthew's has been monitoring energy use using sMeasure since January 2012 and have achieved a reduction.

St Michaels, Cumnor, Oxford
The Church has been tracking their energy and have made reductions through more efficient controls on heating and energy use. Energy monitoring on sMeasure enabled them to identify an unexpectedly high use of energy caused by an issue with the organ heater, which was promptly fixed and would have otherwise only been spotted with a high energy bill later in the year.

St Mary’s Church, Wargrave, and St Peter’s Church, Knowl Hill, Oxford
These two churches undertook an energy audit, which helped identify a number of easy energy saving. In addition, they installed thick insulation into the roof. They are now using the Shrinking the Footprint Energy Audit to see what savings will have resulted.

St George the Martyr’s Church, Newbury
This 1930s Church has embarked on major energy saving over the last several years. They have installed 129 photo voltaic panels to generate electricity; insulated the roof; installed secondary glazing of a large window; and now the final stage of the work is installing ground source heating. The vision of St George the Martyr shows the role of the Church for demonstrating new technologies and what can be achieved a local level with commitment and ambition.


St John's, Old Trafford, Manchester This church has created a community co-operative making financial returns from installing solar panels.


St Peter, Oundle The church has installed solar panels which generate about half of the churches yearly electricity use.


St Nicholas, RochesterThe church has installed solar panels and a biomass boiler creating huge environmental and financial savings.


St Andrew's Church and Church centre, Southampton Installation of solar panels on the church centre's roof has led to significant savings in CO2 emmissions.