Churches able to benefit from Green Energy Saving Scheme

31st March 2017

The Green Journey, a green energy saving scheme, is launching across the Diocese of Sheffield and the Sheffield Methodist Circuit.
 
Energy costs are always a major item in every set of church accounts, and the cost of keeping church buildings warm is increasing year by year.  In answer to this, the Diocese has partnered with Green Energy Consulting (GEC), which is offering a package of benefits that they call the Green Journey (GJ).
 
The scheme is already running in the Leeds Diocese, where the average annual savings per church is £800, with an average annual carbon reduction of 2 tonnes (equivalent to a return flight to Sydney or 6,000 miles in a car).
 
The scheme offers the following benefits:

  • Savings on electricity and gas tariffs through group buying.
  • Electricity generated from renewable sources at a cheaper price than conventional generation - allowing churches to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • An energy survey of church buildings, examining the ways in which you can reduce both energy consumption and cost.
  • A personalised service to transfer onto the scheme, and continued management throughout.
  • Help with any VAT overpayments or Climate Change Levy (CCL) overpayments.
  • Free installation of an AMR (Automatic Meter Readings), which means no more metre readings and accurate bills.
  • Gas which is either generated from a renewable source, anaerobic digestion or carbon neutral further reducing the carbon footprint of the church.

Jo Chamberlain, Diocesan Environmental Adviser, said:
 
“The collective impact of this scheme will be great, not just for churches, but also for the planet as we invest in renewable energy and cut our carbon footprint. I’m so pleased to see our vision come to fruition.”
 
Jamie Daniels from Green Energy Consulting said:
 
“Here at Green Energy Consulting we love the fact that through the Green Journey Scheme we can take our commercial knowledge and experience and through both renewable energy contracting and delivering a deeper understanding of the energy industry, we can help Churches not only save money but help them reduce their overall energy use, resulting in lowering the Carbon Footprint of the Church as a whole.  We’re delighted to be partnering with churches in South Yorkshire to help them be good stewards of God’s creation.”

The Archdeacons of Sheffield & Rotherham and Doncaster have written to every parish to highlight the scheme and give it their support.  Representatives from Green Journey will now contact individual parishes to discuss the scheme further and answer any questions.

More information can be found on the Green Journey website: www.greenjourney.org.

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