About 2.000 churches belonging to 16 british Catholic dioceses switch to renewable energy


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About 2.000 churches belonging to 16 british Catholic dioceses switch to renewable energy

The initiative takes part on a broader movement all around Britain and helps churches from all kind of denominations to move towards renewable energy.

According to the Diocese of Westminster website, the costs of lighting and heating have been reduced thanks to a new deal between two Catholic organizations which provide electricity from renewable sources to churches all around the country (http://rcdow.org.uk/news/diocese-joins-green-electricity-alliance/).

Interdiocesan Fuel Management Ltd (IFM) has signed an alliance with Churchmarketplace (CMP) to bring renewable energy to most of the Catholic dioceses of England and Wales, including Westminster.

The press has echoed on the good news: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/01/churches-salvation-army-fossil-fuel-electricity.

As a result, the purchasing power of 16 dioceses has improved significantly their savings: up to £180,000 on the whole. This set an example: that, working together, renewable energy has become a convenient and affordable option for all Catholic organizations in England and Wales.

This change on energy sources has been sponsored by The Big Church Switch (https://www.bigchurchswitch.org.uk/); and institution that makes a call to churches and individual Christians, from all denominations, to switch their energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable energy, as part of their commitment to caring for our neighbors and for the earth – our common home.

Many Catholic parishes which have changed their energy suppliers have recognized that their “conversion” was due to Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato si'.