Carbon Reduction

The Carbon Reduction Project is enabling the Methodist Church to assess its carbon footprint and bring about a reduction in carbon emissions in line with the national goal for 2050.

Find resources and guidelines to help small, medium-sized and large churches plan make practical steps to reduce the amount of energy they consume.


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  • The implications of Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris climate deal

    Yesterday President Trump isolated his Government from the rest of the world on climate change.  Donald Trump’s reasoning for his action on Paris is clear; he does not believe that the agreement is good for American business.  In terms of near-term profitability he may be right, although there are economic opportunities offered by the development ...

  • Fracking: A briefing for our Churches

    Part of our work involves exploring the issues around fracking, something which is of concern to many people in our churches and communities. We have produced a briefing for our members to help facilitate conversations and thinking about fracking. The briefing argues that a policy that seeks to incentivise investment in fracking could divert attention from the ...

  • Download the Public Issues Calendar for 2016

    The Public Issues Calendar dates are available for download. Click the link below to access the important dates to put in your diary for this year. Calendar dates 2016

  • Church leaders call on Governments for ‘credible and sustainable’ transition from fossil fuels

    26 November 2015 Senior leaders of four major UK Churches have welcomed the Government’s commitment to limiting climate change, and have called for more to be done to keep global warming below 2°C. Leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church issued a statement today in the lead ...

  • A statement on the Paris COP21 Climate Summit

    The Paris COP21 Climate Summit – 30 November to 11 December  CHURCHES’ STATEMENT The basis of our Churches’ concern The COP21 Climate Summit in Paris could be the last chance for Governments to agree a deal to prevent devastating climate change. Across the globe partners of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Church of Scotland, the Methodist ...

  • Conflicts and Reconciliation – European Church meeting explores human rights and public issues

    Rachel Lampard and I met with representatives from 25 other church organisations from across Europe in Strasbourg on 16-18 November.  This long-planned meeting had been organised by the Conference of European Churches and the title of the gathering, Conflicts and Reconciliation was sadly prescient for a meeting in France just three days after the Paris ...

  • Reflections on COP20 – the UN Climate Talks in Lima

    Sunday 1 February 2015 is the next day to Pray and Fast for the Climate. This campaign, now in its fourth month, is focusing the attention of Christians passionate about climate justice on the need for a meaningful settlement at the COP21 climate talks due to take place in Paris in December 2015. This month’s guest ...

  • Pray and Fast for the Climate

    This week has seen one of the greatest ever global protests focused on climate change. In the run up the UN Climate Summit there have been two weeks of events across the world, many of them as part of Climate Week NYC 2014. Organisers of the concerted marches last weekend have quoted figures of  310,000 ...

  • A renewables-based UK energy system by 2030

    Policy Briefing The Energy Bill to be introduced to Parliament in 2012 has the potential to change the way electricity is produced and used, and how power stations are regulated. Providing strong support to the renewables sector could radically reduce the climate impact of the power sector, create investment in jobs and help build a sustainable ...

  • Climate Change in Bangladesh

    Every Wednesday morning the members of the Joint Public Issues Team gather together for a team meeting, to plan, learn, reflect and decide. Sometimes we are joined by guests who can help us in our thinking and understanding.Today we were joined by Joyanta Adhikari, a Baptist from Bangladesh, who was visiting the UK as part of ...

  • Solar PV feed in tariffs – a new bonanza until 3 March?

    The management of the feed in tariffs by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been shoddy. DECC have set aside a budget over four years that is now just a shade over £1 billion to fund the feed in tariff. That budget is now 75% committed after less than a year into ...

  • The first National Climate Week, March 21-27, 2011

    Attending the Climate Week launch reception was a remarkable experience, if only because I had no idea what to expect of the venue, Lancaster House. Built by eminent next door neighbours of the residents of Saint James Palace, the building is now administered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and is very rarely open to ...

  • Reflecting on Cancun – Are churches too ambitious in what we are calling for?

    If at COP meetings such as Cancun, churches and other civil society groups call for more than is achievable, do we raise expectations unhelpfully? When campaiging on climate change should we be pragmatic and what does pragmatism mean in this context? My freind and colleague Charles Reed, Foreign Policy Advisor, at the Church of England raises these questions.  I ...

  • Cancun and climate finance – loans or grants

    In the lead up to Cancun our churches have focused on the negotiation of climate finance. We have argued that requiring developing countries to rely on loans from multilateral banks in order to meet the costs of developing low carbon economies would be iniquitous. At Copenhagen it was agreed that developed countries ensure that by 2020 $100 billion ...

  • Meeting with MPs

    I met my MP last weekend. The occasion was the Stop Climate Chaos constituency lobby of MPs – see http://www.jointpublicissues.org.uk/ for the briefing pack for this action. It had already been a busy Saturday morning for Chris White and our group had the last appointment. We rattled through a list of demands and our discussion ...

  • Blueprints or Scramble – which way for Shell?

    Four weeks ago I blogged on the resolution on Canadian Tar Sands brought to the BP AGM by a group of concerned investors including the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church, the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility (ECCR) and Fair Pensions. Today it is Shell’s turn. A group of US investors have stated that ...

  • BP Oil AGM and Canadian Tar Sands projects

    I have been following closely the news from the BP AGM which took place last week.The Central Finance Board (CFB) of the Methodist Church has a substantial investment in BP. A shareholder resolution on Canadian tar sands projects was brought by a group of concerned shareholders. Their concern is based on the fact that removing ...