London Net Zero Carbon Diocesan Plan

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The LDF seek to build capacity for this work by recruiting a short-term role to be responsible for authoring and agreeing our NZC2030Diocesan Plan.

This plan will outline the steps we need to take to achieve this goal, and an estimation of the capacity we will need to achieve these steps. The plan must take into account the different forms of ownership within the Church, with responsibility resting with different bodes: PCCs, Incumbents and the LDF corporate. The work will also involve convening a Net Zero Carbon Working Group and ensuring that the Plan is agreed at Synodical level.

  • Engage all stakeholders across the LDF and partner Diocesan organisations, convening and chairing a Net Zero Carbon Working Group (NZC WG)
  • With advice from the NZC WG, and with reference to the National Churches’ “Routemap to Net Zero Carbon,” develop a London Diocesan NZC2030 Plan.
  • Ensure the Plan details the actions and timescales for the work necessary to implement the overall goal.
  • Draw together realistic projections on the capacity that is needed to deliver the Plan, with estimated costings, including who will be responsible for each part of it.
  • Research possible funding opportunities to assist with reaching our goal of NCZ 2030 and from this, propose a fundraising strategy to achieve this increased capacity
  • Build collaborations with partnering Dioceses to share learning, good practice and seek opportunities for joint capacity funding bids
  • Gain approval of the Plan by Diocesan Synod/Bishop’s Council

This role requires a high degree of proficiency across the domains of:

  • Networking and relationship building ensuring internal data/reporting mechanisms are utilised effectively
  • Policy development and advice
  • Multi agency team working
  • Advocacy and representation
  • Understanding of Local Authority Planning processes and buildings with Statutory Designations (listings)

The co-ordinator will not be required to apply for a Basic disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service in connection with this role.

The co-ordinator will also be required to ensure all Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and procedures are adhered to within this work.

Due to the varied nature of the work, including some evening and possibly weekend working, the Officer will work flexible hours, ensuring their contracted hours are completed at the end of each calendar month.

Some travel may be involved due to the geographical location of parishes.

Qualifications and Training

  • Degree or equivalent (essential)
  • Training around carbon reduction/ sustainability (desirable)



  • Experience and enjoyment of working successfully in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Confident and competent in leading initiatives.
  • Able to confidently work with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Understanding of and confidence working with numerical, technical, and financial data.
  • Understanding of how and where capacity funding may be sought
  • Understanding of Local Authority planning processes
  • Understanding about Buildings with Statutory Designation (Listing)


  • Experience of working in the environment / carbon reduction / sustainability sector.
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about environmental issues / climate change.
  • Experience of strategic fundraising for projects within London
  • Experience of working with Planning / Statutory Designation



  • Excellent written and verbal communication, understanding appropriate communications styles for each audience
  • able to communicate technical information to a range of audiences, both technical and non-technical.
  • Confident and competent working with IT systems, particularly Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • Be task focused and strategic
  • Rational and logical when making decisions


  • Experience in data management and analysis
  • Experience in carbon data management

General Requirements

  • Welcome & receive incoming enquiries and telephone calls, dealing promptly and courteously with enquires.
  • Ensure all health and safety instructions are followed and that care is taken to ensure safety for self and colleagues, reporting concerns immediately.
  • Sensitive to the different cultures, traditions and activities within the Church, and work in a way which is consistent with the Five Guiding Principles in the House of Bishops’ Declaration on the Ministry of Bishops and Priests; maintain a consistent approach to clergy and non-clergy matters.
  • Commitment to anti-discriminatory practices within the Church of England’s legal context.

Personal Requirements


  • Committed to and confident in the aims and ethos of the Diocese of London and of the mission and ministry of the Church of England.
  • Self-motivated and able to work under own initiative
  • Collaborative and positive
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent time-management skills


  • Practising communicant member of the Church of England or of a church belonging to a member body of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland or Churches Together in England.
  • An understanding of other Christian denominations and other faiths.

The Church of England Diocese of London comprises of 402 parishes within some 450 church buildings located north of the River Thames and within the M25 motorway. The Diocese conducts its financial affairs through different corporate bodies. The main body is the London Diocesan Fund (LDF).

The London Diocesan Synod, in step with National Synod, passed a motion in 2020 to commit to becoming a Net Zero Carbon Diocese by 2030 (NZC2030).

This is a commitment that the Bishop of London, Episcopal Bishops & Senior leaders all see as a priority in terms of our mission and ministry of the Diocese, and as an outworking of the Fifth Mark of Mission.

Our NZC2030 goal cuts across many departments within the LDF and also incorporates Diocesan partner organisations (e.g. London Diocesan Board of Schools, St Mellitus Training College and St Pauls’ Cathedral).

We now seek a new role, to strategically enable the Diocese of London to take the next step to achieve NZC2030.