Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica
Over 5.500 churches in the UK have switched to 100% renewable energy, saying fighting climate change is a moral imperative.

Air Quality

5,500 Churches In UK Have Switched To Renewable Energy

Over 5.500 churches in the UK have switched to 100% renewable energy, saying fighting climate change is a moral imperative.

Christian Aid, a major religious charity based in London, says that more than 5,500 churches in the UK are now using 100% renewable energy to power their operations. In all, there are more than 16,000 places of worship in the country, with the Anglican church accounting for more than 6,000 of them.

renewable energy in UK

Credit: City of Glouscester

“Renewable energy is now a mainstream power source,” Emma Pinchbeck, the executive director of RenewableUK, tells CNBC. “Any organization that takes tackling climate change seriously would want to make sure it’s taking full advantage of our bountiful natural resources, including wind, wave, and tidal power,” she adds.

The largest contributor to the switch to renewable is Parish Buying, the procurement agency for the Church of England. It negotiates for all the electricity and natural gas used by its member churches. With its power to dictate terms to suppliers, it has now made certain all electricity delivered to its constituents comes from renewable sources based in the UK.

Nicholas Holtam, the Bishop of Salisbury and the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment, says in a statement, “Climate change is one of the great moral challenges of our time and so it’s fantastic to see churches doing their bit to ensure they reduce their impact on the environment. They are also giving a boost to clean energy, which is essential to reduce harmful carbon emissions.”

UK Purchasing group 2Buy2 helps churches, schools, and businesses combine their buying power to get the best obtainable price for their purchases. It says the average church in England uses about $1,300 a year in electricity. The combined effect of so many of them switching to renewables means fossil fuel companies are losing around $6.5 million in annual sales to religious organizations.

Not all that renewable energy is being piped in from afar. Some churches in the UK have installed rooftop solar systems on their buildings so they can generate their own renewable energy directly. The Gloucester Cathedral was the first to lead the way when it installed 120 solar panels on its roof in 2016.

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
 

Advertisement
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his homes in Florida and Connecticut or anywhere else the Singularity may lead him. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook.

Comments

You May Also Like

Cars

How do you get people to go electric? You get their buttocks in a driver’s seat of an electric car and ask them to...

Cars

MINI just launched a cool, fun, and helpful marketing campaign in the UK. The first cool part of it is that the car is...

Aviation

The International Aviation Climate Ambition Coalition launched at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

Clean Power

Renewable energy means harvesting electricity (and sometimes heat) from natural resources — the wind, sunlight, flowing water, or the heat of the Earth below...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.