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Shrinking the Footprint


Shrinking the Footprint (click on the logo) is the Church of England’s National Environment campaign.

It aims to assist churches in reducing their carbon footprint by 20.12% by 2012, with an overall target of reducing it by 80% by 2050. The web page has extensive links to excellent materials produced by Faber Mansell, that cover every aspect of shrinking the Church’s carbon footprint – from light bulbs to solar panels.

The full Shrinking the Footprint pack, produced by our diocese, is available for download here:

Carbon Calculator

This carbon calculator is for use in conjunction with the St. Albans Shrinking the Footprint materials. Please see page two in the above pack for instructions on how to use it.

St Albans Carbon Calculator


Shrinking the Footprint – Latest 09/13:

What is our Diocese doing about SMeasure?

Alison Davidson is a member of St Paul’s Church in St Albans who is really keen to share her experience of using the campaign’s SMeasure project in our Diocese.  This is a simple and free online energy monitoring tool which enables churches to keep a record of their energy use and have it analysed to show where energy savings may be possible.

Alison says: ‘A particularly useful feature of the programme is that your energy use is compared with local weather conditions so that you can see immediately whether increased energy use is due to a spell of cold weather or poor heating controls.

She adds that all that is needed are a couple of people in every church who are willing to take gas and electricity meter readings regularly and enter them on the website.  Ideally this would be weekly, but even monthly readings will quicly give you a picture of where your church’s energy is going.

Click to read and/or download full article:

Churches urged to consider carbon reduction measures



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