Our environmental policy is an area we take very seriously. We have made great progress in recent years in becoming increasingly responsible and we are continuing our commitment to make progress in all areas of our charity.
We are engaging with the diocese who, in partnership with the Carbon Trust, is finding ways to meet the long term climate challenge. This initiative is called ‘Generic Building Solutions’ and it's aim is to reduce the diocese energy use and carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2050.
At a more tangible level a good example of our progress is our electricity usage - all our electricity requirements at HTB Church are met from 100% renewable sources supplied by a company that has won many prizes and plaudits for its environmental and ethically led work.
Our consumables (disposable cups, plates, cutlery etc) which are used at all our Sunday services and other church events are sourced from a supplier that specialises in biodegradable, carbon neutral products. More generally all our tea and coffee is Fair Trade.
In our offices we have installed a heat recovery system; we use recycled materials (including our printer/copier paper) and have a comprehensive policy for paper, plastic and metal recycling (including battery and technical equipment). We have integrated printer/scanner/fax/copiers with default double side, black and white printing. Even our photocopier supplier has a carbon offset clause in their contract.
There is also a group of HTB people who have expressed interest in this whole area and want to be involved in making a difference. At Focus last year they distributed recycling bags, and ran a traidcraft/fairtrade food stall in the market place. We hope to scale this up for Focus 2011 so people can order a deluxe or standard box of fairtrade food to be waiting for them in their caravan through the social transformation department.
If you want to get involved in this group email: firstname.lastname@example.org