The Church of England has initiated a groundbreaking effort to help its network of schools achieve net-zero carbon emissions, marking the initial phase of its multi-million-pound Net Zero Carbon Programme.
This exciting development centers on the establishment of a National Framework designed to assist schools in reducing carbon emissions, saving money through improved energy efficiency, and transitioning to cost-effective renewable energy sources.
Church schools play a significant role in the Church’s carbon emissions, contributing nearly half of the total, making them a vital part of the Church’s aim to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across its entire property. Nigel Genders, Chief Executive of the National Society, stated that “The National Framework for Schools and Academies will support schools in securing the necessary funds to create sustainable and thriving Church of England schools for the future.”
This groundbreaking National Framework is being managed by DBE Services, a company owned by six northern dioceses, ensuring that advice, support, and inspiration are readily available for the 3,000 church schools and academies involved. It will collaborate with Boards of Education and Multi Academy Trusts to identify cost-effective improvements to infrastructure while leveraging energy-saving and energy-generating technologies.
Dr. Sam Johnson, CEO of DBE Services and a Licensed Lay Minister in Blackburn Diocese, expressed delight in working with schools across the nation to plan and implement decarbonization projects. The hope is that all schools and academies will embrace sustainability and the net-zero carbon goal through a coordinated approach that will assist them in securing funding to lower their emissions.
The Church of England is taking a significant step towards a greener future by launching a comprehensive initiative aimed at reducing carbon emissions in its network of schools. This endeavor is part of the larger Net Zero Carbon Programme, which involves a multi-million-pound investment to combat climate change and promote sustainability.
At the heart of this initiative is the creation of a National Framework designed to provide guidance and support to schools, helping them reduce their carbon footprint, cut costs, and transition to renewable energy sources. One of the primary focuses is to replace outdated, polluting fossil-fuel heating systems, a move that not only benefits the environment but also offers long-term savings.
Nigel Genders, Chief Executive of the National Society, emphasized the pivotal role of Church schools in the Church’s mission to achieve net-zero carbon emissions. These schools are responsible for nearly half of the Church’s carbon emissions, making their participation in this initiative crucial. The National Framework for Schools and Academies is designed to help schools secure the necessary funding to ensure the sustainability and prosperity of Church of England schools for generations to come.
DBE Services, a company owned by six northern dioceses, is spearheading this initiative, ensuring that schools have access to the advice, support, and inspiration they need. With 3,000 church schools and academies in the program, DBE Services will collaborate closely with Boards of Education and Multi Academy Trusts to identify cost-effective improvements to infrastructure. This approach will also tap into energy-saving and energy-generating technologies to further reduce carbon emissions.
Dr. Sam Johnson, CEO of DBE Services, shared his enthusiasm for the initiative, expressing a commitment to working with schools across the country to plan and execute decarbonization projects. The hope is that all schools and academies will actively engage with the sustainability and net-zero carbon agenda. By taking a coordinated approach, this initiative aims to secure the necessary funding for schools as they work toward significantly reducing their carbon emissions.
The Church of England’s launch of the Net Zero Carbon Programme, with a primary focus on Church schools, is a significant step towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.
The creation of the National Framework and the support of DBE Services demonstrate a commitment to reducing carbon emissions, saving money, and fostering sustainability in schools across the nation.