St Mary's Carbon Zero Introduction

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Making Our Church Carbon Neutral

The Church of England has a target to be net carbon zero by 2030.  That’s a tough challenge but a vital one if we are to play our part in making a sustainable world for our children to grow up in.

Fundraising concert: Our next fundraising concert will be with Perfect Fourth Saxophone Quartet on Sunday 18 September 2022 at 2.30 in the afternoon. 


Tickets for the concert (£10 or £1 for under-18s) are available from Kate Isaac (07967 097394) or online:  Ticket price includes tea and cake refreshments.

St Mary's church is part of a group of 5 churches collaborating as 'Towards Carbon Neutral Churches in Craven' which are sharing their approaches to this goal - you can find a lot of information about this wider project here.  Together we have made this video which we hope gives some background to this project.

In June 2022 St Mary’s Church Council adopted a detailed plan to make our church Carbon Neutral by 2025.  You can see the resolutions which were adopted here. The implementation of these is being steered by our Zero Group with involvement from the people of our two villages of Embsay and Eastby.

Most of our carbon emissions at St Mary's - 82% - come from our gas boiler, so we will need to change our heating system in order to get to net carbon zero. Our plan outlines our researched options for this together with other steps which we are taking.

We anticipate that most of the funding for a new heating system will come from grant awarding charities together with some match funding from ourselves. We have set up a fundraising group which is investigating these possibilities.

We see our work as being a 'Countdown to Zero', and view this as something to benefit the wider village community.


We talked briefly about the project at the Music in the Meadow event on Sunday 10 July and had a stand at the Embsay with Eastby fete on Saturday 16 July.  Thank you if you came to one of these events!

If you would like to join our group, or if you have expertise which you would like to share with us or, indeed, if you just want to find out more about what we are doing, we would be delighted to hear from you!  Please contact us on Or chat to one of us:

Diana Linford, Lesley Higson and Peter Edwards