Towards Carbon Neutral Churches in Craven

Thank you for clicking on this page! 
We are very enthusiastic about this project
and hope that you will support us in our aims.


We are continuing to raise awareness of our work towards achieving the
goal of being net carbon zero by 2030, in line with the target set by the
Church of England's General Synod.

We are holding a free webinar for anyone who are interested in
finding out more about our project, on Tuesday 25 January 2022 from 5-6pm.
Our consultant engineers will also be taking part, along with the
Diocesan Environment Officer and the chair of the Leeds DAC. 
If you would like to join this webinar,the link to register is here. This is
particularly aimed at other churches who are just starting on the road to
becoming carbon neutral.  (Places are limited so do register early.)

Our project and webinar feature in the January 2022 edition of the Diocese of
Leeds God's Green Fingers Environment E-Newsletter.

Our Feasibility Study has now been published.  Please have a look at
our covering notes to the report which are here, together with a
link to the report.

We have produced an Information Guide, which we hope will be
useful to other churches and organisations who are starting on
the path to net carbon zero.  Please download and use it if this
is useful to you (click on the picture) - and please let use know!

Our project features on the Carbon Copy website, which lists climate action
initiatives all over the country.  Our story was submitted by the co-ordinating
body for our RCEF grant, the North East and Yorkshire Energy Hub:

We have been making a short film about our project (and an even shorter
trailer) so that we can share the lessons learned as widely as we can.  The
film premiered on Monday 20 December at 7pm and is now available to view
on our YouTube channel and by clicking on the picture below.
Please give us a 'like' if you like the films!



Our project featured in an article in the Yorkshire Post
on 18 December 2021:

In the autumn of 2021, we displayed updated exhibitions in our churches:



We have taken part in a new video created by the Diocese of Leeds to raise
awareness of the issue of working towards net carbon zero.


The consultant engineer has carried out site visits to all the churches in the study. 
She visited St Augustine's Draughton on Wednesday 18 August and
Holy Trinity Skipton, St Mary's Carleton, St Mary's Embsay with Eastby
and All Saints' Burton in Lonsdale on Thursday 19 August. 

The site visit to Embsay with Eastby was reported in the Embsay & Eastby Post

We have reached the end of Phase 1 of the grant-funded feasibility study
project and held a meeting with the Locogen team on 20 July 2021
to discuss progress to Phase 2


We held a project launch Climate Change service at St Mary's
Embsay with Eastby, on Sunday 27 June,
outside in the church grounds and
with members of the local community,
and took part in the Wave of Hope campaign


We held our project initiation meeting on Wednesday 26 May,
with two engineers from Locogen, via zoom.



Our project launch was held at Holy Trinity Skipton
on Sunday 2 May, with the Bishop of Ripon.       



   The order of service is Th The order of service is here and a video of the main parts of the service is on YouTube is here.


The event was reported in the Craven Herald.

Towards Carbon Neutral Churches in Craven is a group of churches  who are actively investigating ways
to become carbon neutral, in line with the Church of England’s commitment to become ‘Net zero carbon’
by 2030.  Similar targets have been announced by Craven District Council and the Yorkshire Dales
National Park.

The churches in the project are:
St Mary’s Embsay, All Saints’ Burton in Lonsdale, St Augustine’s Draughton,


Holy Trinity Skipton and St Mary’s Carleton in Craven



We are delighted to announce that our grant application to the Rural Community Energy Fund to pay for a feasibility study into options for renewable energy generation for our church buildings has been approved (18 March 2021).  Options may include ground or roof based solar panels, or other technologies such as heat pumps.  We intend that our feasibility study will become a model to be used by other churches in the Diocese (and potentially nationally).  We also hope to show to what extent such schemes might be self-financing. 

This Feasibility Study project is supported by the the BEIS funded Rural Community Energy Fund which is managed by the North East Yorkshire and Humber Energy Hub and administered by Tees Valley Combined Authority.

We now have a logo!  Many thanks to Abbie Wagstaff for donating her time and expertise and designing this great logo for us.

   If you are able to help with anything in this project, or would like to find out more, please contact the project co-ordinator, Diana Linford,
We would love to hear from you!

Carbon Neutral Churches in Craven Feasibility Study
The report from the Feasibility Study

Carbon Neutral Churches in Craven - useful links
Some links which may help you investigate approaches

Launch Events and Climate Sunday Services
Events held to launch the project

A record of the Project's progress to date and projected events in the future

Churches in the project
Further details