Christ Church, High Harrogate, is the oldest church in town – dating back to the 1830s.
In 2016, it began an active programme of improving its sustainability and environmental performance. One major focus was reducing its carbon footprint as its contribution toward limiting climate change.
The existing 35 year old boiler and hot water heating system was replaced by a modern energy efficient system; loft insulation was brought up to current standards and a rolling programme to replace existing lights with low energy LED lights was instituted. These steps are expected to reduce the church’s carbon footprint by over 25%.
However Christ Church did wish to become carbon neutral immediately. Having reviewed several options they approached UBoC for help, and we suggested that they could offset residual CO2 from their energy consumption by supporting the Trees of Hope project in Malawi via Plan Vivo.
The choice was a good one for several reasons: Christ Church already has links with another very different community improvement project in Malawi, and UBoC has strong links with Harrogate, with key team members living in town.