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13 & 14 June 2015
Environment Weekend at St Chad's to celebrate “Cherishing Churchyards” week and “National Picnic” week

Click here for the Programme (opens as a pdf file)

Carbon Footprint: what is it and why is it important?

Carbon footprint is defined as the total amount of greenhouse gases emitted over a given period by an individual, a household, a building, a company or organisation as a result of day-to-day activities. It is therefore a measure of their impact on the environment. As carbon dioxide (CO2) makes up the largest proportion of greenhouse gas emissions, carbon footprint is usually expressed in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).

Why is carbon footprint important? The scientific evidence is now quite clear that man-made emissions of greenhouse gases are responsible for a warming climate. CO2 emissions arise from the burning of fossil fuels coal, gas and oil. For each of these fuels the amount of CO2 emitted can be calculated for each unit of energy consumed. For example the current figure for electricity is 0.537 kg CO2e per kWh and includes an element for the impact of transmission and distribution from the power station. Burning natural gas produces 0.185 kg CO2e per kWh of energy produced. Consequently by monitoring energy consumed it is possible to calculate the amount of CO2 emitted and hence estimate the size of the carbon footprint and the impact on the environment.

At Chad’s we have been monitoring electricity (lighting) and gas (heating) consumption for a few years, and particularly since the building was re-ordered. Electricity consumption over the last 3 years has largely depended on the use of the building through the week and has ranged between 13,800 and 18,000 kWh: that is roughly equivalent to a 2-bar electric fire on all day every day. These figures lead to annual emissions of CO2e of between 7 and 10 tonnes.

On the other hand gas consumption for heating depends much less on how often the building is used and greatly on the outside temperature. Generally when this drops below 15oC heating systems get switched on. The lower the temperature below 15oC the more energy is consumed to maintain the indoor temperature at the required level. Gas consumption over the last 3 years has ranged from 169,200 (2014) to 221,240 (2013) kWh, this latter figure resulting from the much colder winter of 2012/13. The increase in consumption closely mirrored how much colder it was than the warmer years. These figures give annual CO2e emissions of between 31 and 41 tonnes.

Combining the electricity and gas consumption figures gives a total annual carbon footprint of St Chad’s church building over the last three years of between 40 and 51 tonnes CO2e. This quantity of CO2 would occupy the volume of 8 to 10 Olympic-sized swimming pools, or if you prefer, 145 to 183 double-decker buses!

Mike Willison, St Chad’s Green Team

British Wildlife article
An article about St Chad's Churchyard, written by Suzanne Dalton, has been published in The British Wildlife Journal. Read it here

Suzanne Dalton


St Chad's Churchyard ...Ways to be Green ..Recycling

St Chad’s Green Team
Can you join in?

In September 2001 a group from St Chad’s met to discuss setting up an environmental team. With guidance from Eco-congregations (an organisation which itself has changed over the years), we decided to concentrate on specific areas of activity. These were “Celebrating creation” (ideas for Worship), “Tread gently – go green” (encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle) and “Planting & Conserving Eden” (ideas for caring for the church grounds).
Over the years we have achieved three Eco-congregation awards for our environmental efforts, but the time has come to inject new ideas and some fresh faces alongside the existing group. We are a very friendly bunch with different interests and talents. We aim to be as inclusive as possible, so if you could contribute in any of the following areas, we would love to hear from you. It is not a huge commitment – we hold about six meetings a year plus some work parties.

* Helping to plan and run environmentally themed services.
* Checking our entries on the parish web site are up to date.
* Writing articles for the parish magazine.
* Collecting items for recycling from church / local schools & distributing.
* Helping with youth activities (Sunday Club in the churchyard, making bird boxes with SCY Club).
* Litter-picking in churchyard & emptying bin by the compost heap.
* Organising and/or supervising churchyard work parties
* Arranging churchyard events, e.g. Bat Evenings with local groups.
* Weeding the back border in the Garden of Rest

I will look forward to hearing from you – either ‘phone on 267 3197 or email me at:

Suzanne Dalton

Interpretative Boards in the Churchyard
We hope that the two interpretative boards in the churchyard will enable passers-by to appreciate some of the wildlife, history and geology of the church and churchyard. One board focuses on the church building and wildlife associated with the grassland, the second on the geology of the churchyard memorials and the wildlife of the hedgerows and woodland. These boards have been financed by Leeds City Council from Section 106 funding, which is for environmental improvement, associated with the Filter Bed development. The beautiful art-work is by Stephen Huxley of Figurehead Designs in Harrogate .

Suzanne Dalton