The Vatican Climate Forest, to be located in the Bükk National Park, Hungary, was donated to the Vatican City by a carbon offsetting company. The forest is to be sized to offset the carbon emissions generated by the Vatican during 2007. The Vatican's acceptance of the offer, at a ceremony on July 5, 2007, was reported as being "purely symbolic", and a way to encourage Catholics to do more to safeguard the planet. No trees have been planted under the project and the carbon offsets have not materialised.
In a more proactive move to combat global warming, in May 2007, the Vatican announced that the roof of the Paul VI Audience Hall would be covered with photovoltaic panels. The installation was officially placed into service on November 26, 2008.
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- ^ a b Vatican signs up for a carbon offset forest, Catholic News Service, published 2007-07-13, accessed 2007-08-03
- ^ Climate forest makes Vatican the first carbon-neutral state, Western Catholic Reporter, published 2007-07-23, accessed 2007-08-03
- ^ Carbon offsets: How a Vatican forest failed to reduce global warming The Christian Science Monitor
- ^ Dangers lurk in offset investments, Ethical Corporation published 2011-09-19, accessed 2012-08-25
- ^ Going green: Vatican expands mission to saving planet, not just souls, Catholic News Service, published 2007-05-25, accessed 2007-06-12
- ^ Vatican wins award for creating rooftop solar-power generator, Catholic News Service, published 2008-11-26, accessed 2009-12-22