Diocese of Carlisle

Helpful Resources

Net Zero by 2030
Carlisle Diocese Net Zero Action Plan sets out the actions needed through to 2030.
To see what emissions are in and out of scope click here.
Click here for the Practical Path to Net Zero checklist.
To see what a Net Zero church might look like click here.
For practical suggestions to save energy and money click here.
For advice on heating click here.
To read our Net Zero FAQ's click here.
The Energy Footprint Tool is used to measure carbon emissions. Click here for the FAQ's on the EFT.
For a template Net Zero Action Plan for churches click here.

Case Studies and Other Resources
To read about Mungrisdale St Kentigern's heat pump click here.
Watch a video on St Anne's Ings heat pump below, and click here to learn more.
Click here to download a Solar Panels factsheet, produced by the Diocese of London.
Follow the links for national case studies on; heating, renewable energy and net zero carbon.
For information on Sustainable Travel options click here.
To read about Climate Justice click here.
Click  here to read about Natland St Mark's Eco Church journey.
If you want to suggest a Crib Sheet topic, have a case study to share or have a question which isn't answered here, email Anna on environment@carlislediocese.org.uk.
To catch up or book onto webinars by the National Environment Team; click here.
Join the God for All Environmental Facebook Group here.

The National Environment Team have developed a fundraising for environmental projects advice page here.
Environmental Fundraising webinar series; catch up here.

Preaching Resources
Click here for resources for your church or small group from Tearfund.
Read why Christians should care about climate change.
Sustainable Preaching offers preaching suggestions for the 3-year lectionary cycle on ecological themes here.
Click here for resources for your church or small group from Eco Church.

Following the decision by the Church of England’s National Investing Bodies to divest from fossil fuel companies by the end of 2023, Carlisle Diocese reviewed our investments. In addition to holding shares in our two local hydro schemes, the Diocesan Board of Finance holds investments within the Church of England’s Central Board of Finance Investment Fund and Property Fund, which are managed by the CCLA. We have confirmed with the CCLA that, as a matter of policy, these funds will not be invested in fossil fuel companies.

This does not mean that there are no investments in companies that, as part of their overall business, supply or provide services to the fossil fuel industry. Nor does it mean that the CCLA can guarantee that companies in which we invest do not themselves hold minority stakes in fossil fuel companies. It is therefore risky for any investor to claim that it has no fossil fuel related investments.

However, with that proviso, Operation Noah, who are currently campaigning to encourage divestment from fossil fuel companies, are satisfied that the CBF’s investments are compatible with their aim.

During the review of investments, it was noted that some PCCs in the Diocese have their own investments, including ones in fossil fuel companies. The DBF is the custodian trustee for some of these investments and will therefore be named on the register of shareholders in those companies. Investment decisions are however made by the individual PCC, not the DBF, and it would be the PCC’s decision to take on divestment.

If you want more information on divestment, or are interested in campaigning on this topic, Operation Noah have information and resources available on their Bright Now website. Locally, Cumbria Divest are campaigning for the Local Government Pension Fund to divest- you can find out more here. If you want to ask your pension fund about their stance on fossil fuel investments, there is a template letter available here.