More than 5,500 UK churches convert to renewable energy

As temperatures soar around the world, raising concerns about climate change, more than 5,500 churches have put their faith in clean energy – with church leaders encouraging more to follow suit.

Fifteen Anglican cathedrals, including Salisbury, Bristol, Sheffield and York Minster, are among the buildings now using 100% green electricity tariffs. The places of worship that have seen the light of renewables come from across the denominational spectrum, and include the Church of England, as well as Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Quaker and Salvation Army congregations.

Based on the average annual church electricity bill of £1000 – a figure provided by national church buying group 2buy2 – British churches have diverted more than £5 million from fossil fuels to clean energy providers.

Other churches have turned to renewable electricity through the Big Church Switch campaign, a partnership between Christian Aid, Tearfund and the Church of England’s Environment Programme. Parishes can sign up to the scheme run by 2buy2, which then pools the combined buying power to negotiate the cheapest possible tariff. Often the renewable energy tariff is cheaper than the fossil fuel-powered one they were on before.

Information about the Big Church Switch can be found at www.bigchurchswitch.org.uk

Joe Ware

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