Synod Emissions

The Synod Emissions task group focuses on reducing emissions across the Synod, its agencies, boards and schools. 

The group is comprised of some members of the Synod Leadership team, and others, who are focusing on emissions reductions in all parts of the church apart from congregations and individual members.

At the moment they are looking at ways to reduce vehicle fleet emissions. The group is currently working on a timeframe for the Synod to transition its vehicles so that all of them are electric. 

Their next priority is addressing ‘standing’ emissions. This will require the task group to work out how the church can get the best environmental and economic outcomes in the short to medium term.   

The Synod resolution does not include explicit targets for emissions reductions but these were part of the resolution’s appendices. The Task Group is working towards developing specific emissions reduction targets.  

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