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Resources from the Guardians of Creation Project


This is the first in a series of guidance issued as part of the Guardians of Creation project. The project has produced a generalisable framework for sustainability transition in the Catholic Church, which is implementable at the diocesan level.

Developed in consultation with 15 decarbonisation experts, this report provides a strategy framework for developing a decarbonisation strategy for a diocesan building stock anywhere in the UK. By strategy framework, we mean a set of concepts which can help analyse the task of decarbonising the building stock into comprehensible, manageable elements.

These concepts offer a methodical process for formulating and implementing a decarbonisation strategy, which any diocese can follow. Our framework is divided into two sections: the first introduces the processes that a diocese can follow to develop a decarbonisation strategy, the second general principles that a diocese can apply whilst doing so. Each section has five sub sections: the section on processes details five activities associated with diocesan decarbonisation, the section on principles details five different principles to embed within the process.

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This is the second in a series of guidance issued as part of the Guardians of Creation project. The project has developed a generalisable framework for sustainability transition in the Catholic Church, which is implementable at the diocesan level.

Developed by a multidisciplinary team of academics and sustainability professionals over the course of one year, this guidance provides Catholic dioceses with the necessary understanding to begin accounting for their carbon emissions. It details a comprehensive step-by-step process that can be followed by any diocese.

Each element of the process is accompanied by an explanation of how to approach that element in a way that reflects the particular situation of the implementing diocese. The guidance is principally intended for use by dioceses in the United Kingdom, and some of the substance of the report will only apply in this context. However, dioceses outside the UK will also find the process useful, but should bear in mind that some of the institutional and legal specifics that this report refers to will differ in their national contexts.

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