Net Zero Carbon Planning Officer

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Home-based, with meetings in Church House, Westminster and occasional travel.
£38,331 - £41,216 (pro rata)

Our aim is for everyone in the National Church Institutions (NCIs) to feel that they belong, and are valued for who they are and what they contribute. Together, our people contribute in different ways towards our common purpose, whichever NCI they work in and whatever their background.

The Church of England is committed to reaching Net Zero Carbon by 2030. To do this requires a decade of action by all parts of the Church. The priority is to reduce the emissions year-on-year from the energy use of our buildings and our work-related transport.

We have recently created a Net Zero Carbon (NZC) sub-committee of the national Environmental Working Group (EWG), who are tasked with leading this work. Some Dioceses have already started to develop detailed plans, others are in need of significant support.

This is a key role and a chance to make a real difference as theNet Zero Carbon Planning Officer.

You will be developing a 10 year net zero carbon plan for the Church of England, including wide-spread engagement across the Church, creating a basis for significant year-on-year reductions in our own greenhouse gas emissions from energy use and transport.

Knowledgeable and passionate about environmental issues with the ability to engage effectively and motivate others, you will bring your project management skills, proactive approach and commitment to delivering successful results to the team.

This post is offered on a fixed-term contract expected to last for 9 months. Your normal hours of work will be 21 hours per week, with your working pattern to be agreed. The salary will be prorated for the hours worked.

You will be home-based, with regular meetings in Church House, Westminster and occasional travel elsewhere.

Interviews will be held remotely on the 21st July 2021, using Zoom.

In return we offer a unique environment with opportunities for continuous learning, generous annual leave for work life balance, season ticket loans and a range of benefits including discounted entry to attractions and what we feel is a market leading package when it comes to our pension scheme.

The Role-Key Steps

This role will focus on the following areas, working closely with the two existing officers of the Environment Programme.

Plan Preparation

Collaborating with the Research and Statistics team on their work gathering information on our greenhouse gas emissions. Based on their analysis, create and communicate an easily understood ‘top down’ assessment of how to achieve net zero, showing the main sources of our emissions and – at a macro scale – the actions required to reduce them.

  • Establishing effective working relationships with the members of the Net Zero Sub-committee. Through them, and other existing networks, establish links to key stakeholder groups in the dioceses and cathedrals, and ensure they are aware of the ongoing work. This will include, in particular, Bishops, Archdeacons, Diocesan Secretaries, Diocesan Environment Officers, Deans, Cathedral Administrators, Diocesan Advisory Committees (DACs) and Diocesan Buildings Officers.
  • Gathering existing examples of net zero plans from dioceses, cathedrals, churches, theological education institutions (TEIs), diocesan surveyors and departments. Reading and analysing them to identify common messages about the priorities for action and the barriers we face.
  • For key national net zero carbon projects, collating or developing plans for their delivery, setting out the key actions, steps and timescales needed for each project, the critical paths and the co-dependencies / interfaces between them.
  • Sharing useful examples of this work online through the development of an easy-to-use resource library, that will save others around the country time.
  • Using this information, and with substantial input from committee members, prepare a report on “The route to net zero carbon by 2030”.


  • Preparing and carrying out a wide-ranging consultation / engagement exercise on the plan with departments, dioceses, cathedrals, TEIs, to engage them and gather their views.
  • Contributing to planning workshops being run by diocese and departments, to engage them in the principles and help them develop a way forward in their area.
  • Running a fringe event at the General Synod, where the paper will be presented and discussed.
  • Maintaining and adding to the resource library.


  • Using the results of the consultation / engagement process, update the plan and highlight key points for discussion.
  • Presenting the plan to the EWG meeting for discussion and agreement of next steps.

The Requirements



  • Experience working in the environment/low-carbon/sustainability sector. Ideally, have developed net zero carbon plans for other organisations.
  • Experience of working successfully in multi-disciplinary teams across departments in a complex organisation.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about environmental issues, and have successfully engaged others in work on environmental issues.
  • Experience in project management / project officer roles.
  • Proven track record of proactively delivering successful results.
  • Good working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint and Excel (or google alternatives).

Skills and Aptitudes

  • Engaging with excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills including the ability to clearly communicate technical / complex concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Personal Attributes

  • Self-motivated and able to work under own initiative.
  • Collaborative and positive, with good influencing skills.
  • Able to be rational, objective and unbiased when making decisions and taking action.
  • In sympathy with the aims of the Church of England.

Education/Professional qualifications

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent).


  • This role may require some travel to different dioceses, and occasional evening meetings. (time off in lieu will be given).

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