The Diocese of Chichester (DOC) Energy Stewardship Programme (ESP) 2016
The ESP is developing a staged programme with an ultimate vision that each parish in the diocese can be a self-sustaining and in some cases can create and provide energy to the wider community.
The main objective of the proposed project is to improve the community utilisation of church owned buildings and infrastructure. Currently, many church buildings are not energy efficient and lack facilities such as toilets for wider community use.
- Identify cumulative energy cost savings across the diocese
- Increase Scope for potential stewardship through addressing fuel poverty
- Identify potential for the diocese generating energy
- Identify ways of Increasing the resilience of parish's to energy spikes
- Explore the diocese acting as energy broker
- Explore opportunities for grants, funding and partnerships
The ESP is developing a transferable generic framework for churches to improve the long-term sustainability of church’s for other uses through improvement of their energy efficiency and carbon footprint. The objective will be achieved through a pilot study in Sussex with 39 parishes identifying their energy consumption and identification of options to retain the integrity of the worship space and improve the long term carbon footprint of churches, church halls and other property owned by the Parish.
Fig 1: Using Thermal imaging to understand efficiency of heating systems (SOENECS)
The data and the results collected from the pilot project will be used to examine the business case for developing a template to be used by other countries and regions of the UK to improve the sustainability of church owned building. Improvement of the buildings will allow for multiple uses by the community and the long term financial savings and additional revenue from hiring will all go back to the local community.
Throughout Europe Churches are under-utilised due to energy costs and lack of toilets and other facilities. This pilot study will identify a template to improve churches for wider use in the community while maintaining their current use and improving their long-term carbon footprint.
Programme delivery director:
Dr. David Greenfield firstname.lastname@example.org
Bishop Martin Warner
"The Diocese of Chichester set up the Energy Stewardship Programme (ESP) to allow parishes to deliver mission in the most environmentally, economically and social way. The ESP covers energy purchasing, energy efficiency, insulation and energy generation, particularly switching to renewables. It is therefore with pleasure that we endorse the ‘The Big Church Switch’ and will work together to ensure that both programmes complement each other and ultimately help the Diocese of Chichester to support the decisions made in Paris in December 2015."