As Christians we regard care for the natural environment, God’s creation, as a fundamental duty and, living under the twin threats of global warming and the extinction of species, a duty we urgently need to embrace.
As a diocese we are seeking to live sustainably through practical action at all levels, from diocesan organisation and the commitment to become an Eco Diocese, to local congregations becoming Eco-Churches, care for church land, worship and prayer, discipleship and teaching.
You will find further information and resources on the links below. And you can contact our Creation Care and Sustainability Officer the Revd Marcus Zipperlen by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten steps Towards Net Zero
The Church in Wales has launched a 10-point plan to help churches meet the Church's target of becoming carbon zero by 2030.
The guide suggests actions every church can take - starting with small steps and building up towards larger targets, from cleaning gutters to overhauling the heating system.
Do you want to know the carbon footprint of your church?
The Energy Footprint Tool
The Church in Wales has a target of net zero carbon by 2030. The Energy Footprint Tool (EFT) is one of the tools that we have developed to monitor our progress.
The Energy Footprint Tool is an easy-to-complete online tool that, once you enter the information in your utility bills, calculates the amount of carbon “the caron footprint” each building produced over the previous calendar year - based on the heating and lighting use of your building(s).
The Energy Footprint Tool will help you understand where you are starting from – your carbon baseline – and how much progress you are making.
To access to the Energy Footprint Tool, you will need to register first, before you can enter data. You will need a unique password that can be obtained either from your Local Ministry Lead or the Diocesan Office. You will also need all the data contained in last year’s energy bills.
The online tool can be found here: Energy Toolkit (parishreturns.info)
Information on how to complete the Energy Footprint Tool can be found here: Information Sheet
As you have offered to trial the tool if you have any comments or questions on the use of the tool or the accompanying information brief, please email: email@example.com
Thank you very much for being willing to trial the tool and we hope you find the information that the Energy Footprint Tool produces useful!
Draft Diocesan Environmental Policy
A draft environmental policy for St Davids Diocese has been adopted by the Diocesan Conference.
The conference also passed an amended motion seeking to build on the policy by striving to become Climate Positive rather than merely Carbon/Climate Neutral.
Partly in recognition of this, the Diocese has been awarded an Eco Church Bronze Award
OCTOBER 2020 to MARCH 2023
Caring for God’s Acre's Biodiversity Hotspots Across Wales Project gives burial ground managers specific help, advice and resources to help increase biodiversity within churchyards.
The project is funded by Natural Resources Wales and lasts until March 2023, enabling long term support. Participation is free for all burial ground managers across the counties of Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Ceredigion and Powys.
Participants who register with the scheme can receive free training and resources on a variety of topics such as grassland management, involving the community, species surveying, looking after veteran trees and writing a management plan.
For more information and free registration, please visit https://www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/about-us/projects/biodiversity-hotspots-across-wales/