Church receives second eco-award

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ARBROATH Old and Abbey Church has received its second Eco-congregation award.

These are given to churches which are actively promoting environmental issues locally while playing an active role within the wider community by highlighting the issues of global warming.

The Old and Abbey Church received its first award in 2009 and since then has continued to play an active role in promoting the effects of global warming and sustainability awareness.

This has been achieved with a programme that has included film festivals, recycling projects, environment awareness events, Earth Hour concerts, street plant sales, a highly acclaimed eco-newsletter and helping to set up the Angus Eco-Congregation Network group.

The church has also been concerned about its own use of energy and its CO2 emissions. This has resulted in replacing the boilers with a new system that is 98% efficient.

In July they also installed solar panels to supply their own energy needs.

The assessors particularly commended the congregation for the following:

l The introduction of the eco-awareness newsletter.

l The action taken to reduce the carbon footprint of the church buildings, particularly the new boiler and solar panels.

l The church was also commended for the activities involving the wider community.

Old and Abbey is the only church in Arbroath which has achieved this status and there are less than 20 churches of all denominations in Scotland which hold this same award.