A tool to help churches reduce their carbon footprint will be launched at a key meeting of Church in Wales members.

The Energy Footprint Tool will be an important part of the Church’s strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and reach its aim of being net zero by the end of the decade.

It will enable each church building to find out how much carbon it is generating so that effective action can be taken to reduce it.

The tool will be launched by the Archbishop of Wales, Andrew John, at the two-day meeting of the Church’s Governing Body at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, on 19-20 April.

It will be demonstrated live on the second day by the Church’s Climate Change Champion, Dr Julia Edwards, who will also give a progress update on the Church’s net zero strategy.

Archbishop Andrew says, “Our Energy Footprint Tool is vital to us in reaching our net zero ambition as a Church. Not only does the tool instantly calculate the carbon footprint of any church building when its energy-use data is entered, it will also enable us to identify and target our high energy-use buildings more effectively. I urge all clerics and volunteers with responsibility for utility bills to use the Energy Footprint Tool and demonstrate that collectively, we care about our use of our God-given resources.”

The Church’s Governing Body is made up of 144 elected clergy and lay people from across Wales, representing all the Church’s six dioceses, and includes all the bishops. Other items on this meeting’s agenda include:

  • A keynote address by the Archbishop of Wales as President of the Governing Body;
  • A presentation on educational developments in Wales in collaboration with the National Society for the Promotion of Education;
  • A presentation on the work of the St Padarn’s Institute;
  • A report from the Anglican Consultative Council meeting which was held in Ghana in February;
  • The launch of the fourth part of new liturgy called Times and Seasons.

During Evening Prayer, a Sacred Synod meeting will take place to confirm the election on January 19 of Bishop Mary Stallard, the Assistant Bishop of Bangor, as the next Bishop of Llandaff.

The service will take place on April 19 at Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno, at 6pm and all are welcome to attend. The meeting will also be live-streamed via a link on the Church in Wales website and YouTube channel

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