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This research project is co-led by Edward de Quay and Dr Emma Gardner at The Diocese of Salford. The research is being undertaken in partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham. It is currently in its scoping phase, and aims to provide a sustainability transition framework for the Catholic church in England and Wales.

Guardians of Creation

In 2021 the UK hosts COP26 and has committed to deliver a 68% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. Reaching this target will require an effort from all of society including the Church.

This collaborative research project looks to develop our understanding of how to put a Catholic diocese on the path to carbon neutrality, practically detailing what needs to be done and what structures must be put in place to support this transition.

This two-year pilot project will focus on The Diocese of Salford, and will involve over 100 parishes and 200 schools, alongside religious communities and other Catholic properties, looking at how they can best reach carbon neutrality. This journey will be undertaken under an ‘integral ecology’ lens, with the LSRI providing support as to how this understanding shapes the actions and priorities of the project.

The project ultimately aims to reduce the diocese’s carbon footprint, improve energy efficiency and generation, and facilitate greater involvement from parishioners and local communities. Diocesan offices, parish communities, schools, religious communities and the local community will be involved in the research, including the Tyndall Research Centre at Manchester University as the project progresses. The project team are actively seeking involvement from those with expertise in the area, including from other faith groups.

Further information about the project and its activities will be posted in due course.

More information can be found at the Diocese of Salford here:

Project Team

Edward de Quay

Carbon Transition Officer