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Church of England's net-zero by 2030 plan could be at risk if no action is taken, Christian charity warns

by Alex Collett

The Church of England's net-zero by 2030 plan could be at risk due to the cost of living crisis, a Christian charity has warned. 

"If the Church of England is to reach net zero, then churches requiring new heating systems will need to be looking towards alternative energy supplies to make sure that net zero target can be met. 

"The days of oil and gas fired boilers in our churches has to come to an end," Andy Lester, head of Conservation for A Rocha UK, an environmental Christian charity told Premier. 

In February 2020, the General Synod voted in favour of setting a target for the institution to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

But according to The Telegraph, churches are still installing new gas and oil boilers as green heating systems are too expensive. 

Earlier this week, the Church Commissioners announced a £15 million fund to help parishes and clergy meet energy costs.

Some churches have seen their energy bills rise by £14,000 in the last few months. 

Along with the grant, they also released a new guidance to help churches in their journey towards net-zero. 

Lester continued: "That means real transparency, as that money is then given out to the diocese, and real transparency in how churches can individually benefit as a result. 

"So communication and clarity have got to be at the heart and I would suggest that is the main prayer. 

"We need to pray as a faith community that individual churches and diocese get absolutely clear on how they can use that money to make a real difference."

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