Gareth Johnston, NEEN National Leader

Gareth Johnston, NEEN National Leader

Our free National Energy Efficiency Network (NEEN) provides parishes and schools with the information, inspiration and support to become more energy efficient and take charge of their energy future.

Energy efficiency is not a new concept, however NEEN was developed using the learning community model, which aims to provide a rich and supportive environment to encourage strong connections and collaborative learning. There are 28 NEEN learning communities that have been established or are currently being established around the country, and these align with the 28 Catholic Dioceses around Australia.

NEEN offers our members free access to specialist energy efficiency information, an online energy use calculator, case studies, events and an online learning community forum. We also have information specifically designed for parishes, such as our Places of Worship Fact Sheet.

For more information and to become a member visit the NEEN website.

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Important Announcement

Catholic Earthcare is the part of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference which promotes ecological conversion to achieve a loving and sustainable relationship with the natural world. It uses environmental education, national and international links and advocacy to achieve this goal.

In May 2017, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference decided to incorporate Catholic Earthcare Australia into its sister agency, Caritas Australia. This change was made to strengthen the capacity of Catholic Earthcare Australia, particularly in advocating and educating about the principles of Holy Father’s 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si, and to achieve synergies with Caritas Australia’s extensive education and advocacy work around Australia, including parishes, schools and the wider Catholic community on environmental issues such as climate change.

Caritas Australia is the Church’s international aid and development agency.  As part of the global Caritas confederation operating in 190 countries, it works alongside marginalised communities in many countries and with 11 First Australian agencies here in Australia.  Promoting the principles of Laudato Si is at the centre of the global confederation and of Caritas Australia.

This website is being refined to reflect the new administrative arrangements for Catholic Earthcare Australia. For all enquiries in relation to the work of Catholic Earthcare Australia or to request assistance, please call  1800 024 413 or email

Thank you for your ongoing support of Catholic Earthcare Australia and your commitment to combating climate change and protecting the environment and ecosystems from degradation and pollution.