Zero Carbon Harrogate

An organisation dedicated to making Harrogate District a net zero carbon community by 2030 in order to secure a sustainable future.

Events & news

Climate forum: The immense value of insulation

Monday, 12 October, 2020

In order to meet our energy demand from renewable sources we must reduce the amount we consume. This online forum will look at the importance of insulation in helping to do that and its importance in help the fight against climate change.

Environmental Audit Committee Consultation

ZCH have submitted evidence to the Government's Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into how the post-pandemic recovery can be aligned with the UK’s climate and environment goals and the role that the UK can play in driving a green recovery internationally. 

ZCH Book Club

Reading environmental literature can give us the opportunity to think about the world in different ways.


This new book club, starting in October, will give you the chance to read and discuss various novels and works of popular non-fiction across multiple perspectives.

Climate news

Tax frequent fliers and get rid of SUVs, government told

A frequent flyer tax, phasing out polluting SUVs and restricting cars in city centres are among climate change solutions suggested by members of the public.

A citizens' assembly of 108 people from all walks of life published its report after weeks of debate. They proposed curbing road building and using the pandemic to cut emissions.


MPs said the report offered a "unique insight", but activists Extinction Rebellion said it didn't go far enough.

The report says the government must show leadership on climate change and insists climate policies must be fair to all – especially the poorest in society.


Its radical conclusions may offer political cover to ministers who’re typically nervous of a public backlash against policies that affect lifestyles.

The group, or citizens' assembly, was set up by six government select committees - groups of MPs who look at what the government is doing and scrutinise policy.

ZCH blog

Broaden your mind but travel sustainably

It looked like holidays might have been off the agenda this year, with all the restrictions and difficulties linked to coronavirus, but it seems not even a global pandemic can stop us trying to get away for a few days, whether to a beach in Spain, an hotel in Cornwall or just down the road to Malham Cove.

Travel seems to be in our blood and not just for holidays. The average daily commute to work across the UK now takes almost an hour and our ever-increasing desire to live a country life means the school run and trips to the shops have become longer and longer. Perhaps it’s in our genes handed down from Viking ancestors or a natural hunter-gatherer instinct that leads us subconsciously in search of the next meal. Whatever it is, our itchy feet are the cause of one of the biggest problems to crack, when it comes to reducing our carbon emissions.


Transport remains the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions in the UK, accounting for 37% in 2018. In the Harrogate District it was nearer to 50% due to the proportionally greater contribution from roads like the A1M. 

It's time to act

To Commission President von der Leyen, Chancellor Merkel, Christine Lagarde and all EU leaders:

"You’ve got the power to lead Europe and the world out of the dark days of this pandemic towards a brighter, greener future...

A view of what could be​...

"One day we will wake up to find that the energy that powers the alarm clock came from the breeze through the trees the night before..."

Imagine a world without fossil fuels

Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres outlines her vision of a world that's entirely free of fossil fuels.

Zero Carbon Harrogate submits evidence to the Rural Commission

The Rural Commission is an independent panel of experts set up by NYCC to help turn the tide on rural decline and recommend ways to help some of North Yorkshire’s most rural communities grow and prosper.

Zero Carbon Britain - Costing the Earth

Listen to Radio 4's Tom Heap as he is joined by Helen Czerski of University College London, author Mark Lynas and James Murray, editor of Business Green, to measure our progress and gauge our chances of reaching net zero carbon.

Costing the EarthZero Carbon Britain
00:00 / 27:58

Controlling emissions

UK 'has technology' for zero carbon


Eliminating greenhouse gas emissions in the UK is achievable with current technology, according to a new report.


What would carbon neutrality mean for the UK?


A quarter of Britain covered in trees, quieter roads, healthier lifestyles and holidays by high-speed rail. 



Governments disappointing response to Bradford-Halifax Greenway (B2H2)

The lack of government support to create a greenway via the Queensbury Tunnel demonstrates their general lack of ambition and foresight in addressing environmental projects of this kind.


We need to tackle climate change but not this way….

Jemima Parker, Chair of Zero carbon Harrogate looks at the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on carbon emissions and asks how the positives can be captured and taken forward, as we begin the long and difficult task of rebuilding the local economy?


Government to urge us all to walk and cycle more

Those people who need to travel into a workplace will be urged to consider choosing more active ways to travel like walking and cycling.


The intention is to take pressure off roads and public transport networks.


“I look forward to working with Zero Carbon Harrogate to help make our town increasingly environmentally friendly.”

Andrew Jones MP for Harrogate

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Whilst Zero Carbon Harrogate are happy to work with commercial organisations to further our objectives of achieving a carbon neutral District we do not recommend or endorse any businesses, services or products they may offer.

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