Churches enter green energy partnership

Sixteen Catholic dioceses have entered into an agreement with Interdiocesan Fuel Management (IFM) and Churchmarketplace to save on green energy. The agreement comes six months after a tax exemption on renewable energy bills was revoked, meaning that people or establishments using green energy would need to pay more. If each individual church or each individual diocese were to buy clean energy on its own, the recent removal of the tax exemption would mean significantly higher prices of about £49 per meter per year. The new agreement to purchase green energy as one combined entity through IFM cuts this cost down to £5 per meter per year. This could mean a total saving of over £180,000.

So far the dioceses of Arundel and Brighton, Birmingham, Cardiff, Clifton, East Anglia, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Menevia, Middlesbrough, Northampton, Plymouth, Salford, Shrewsbury and Westminster have joined the partnership. Combined, these dioceses represent roughly 3,200 parishes across the UK who will now be saving on clean energy.

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