Zero Carbon Harrogate

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

It's time to act

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

 

In his new feature length film David Attenborough
looks back on the defining moments of his life and the environmental devastation that has taken place during that time, as well as highlighting some of the issues that climate change poses and exploring some of the potential solutions.

See also his warning of a climate 'crisis moment'

Can a city go carbon neutral to stop climate change?

 

Many cities are developing strategies to do just that and this video looks at how Glasgow aims to cancel out its carbon footprint.

What lessons can the Harrogate District learn from their approach? 

Events & news

Coronavirus impact

Due to the restrictions imposed to address the coronavirus outbreak all Zero Carbon Harrogate public events have been postponed.

We are in the process of preparing some online activities, to ensure that the focus on the climate crisis is maintained at this difficult time.

 


 

'Gob-smacking' vision for future UK transport

People in the UK need to shift from cars to public transport to address the challenge of climate change, the government says.

Climate news

Air pollution and CO2 fall rapidly as coronavirus spreads

Levels of air pollutants and warming gases over some cities and regions are showing significant drops as coronavirus impacts work and travel.

Researchers in New York told the BBC their early results showed carbon monoxide mainly from cars had been reduced by nearly 50% compared with last year.

Emissions of CO2 have also fallen sharply. But there are warnings levels could rise rapidly after the pandemic.

With global economic activity ramping down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it is hardly surprising that emissions of a variety of gases related to energy and transport would be reduced.

ZCH blog

Controlling home energy use during the Covid-19 outbreak

The restrictions being imposed to control the spread of coronavirus mean we all need to spend more time at home, to limit our social contact.

 

Whether working, studying or just finding ways to amuse ourselves, that can result in a considerable increase in home energy use, with the associated higher bills and increase in carbon emissions.

 

A typical UK house uses 26,000 kWh of energy and emits 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Uswitch has predicted that households, where people are working from home, will use 25% more electricity and 17% more gas per day.

 

Here are some tips to keep your home energy use, and carbon emissions, under control, from someone who has worked from home for over seven years, keeping in mind the basic principle, that generating heat uses a lot of energy. 

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.

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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. 

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Comment

Empty supermarket shelves have unnerved much of the nation and made consumers question the security of food supplies they had taken for granted. As people ponder how they might have to source their food during the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, will there be a growth in growing your own?

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Coronavirus: Will food supply fears see a rise in home-grown veg?

There are now hundreds of thousands of data centres around the world, storing everything from viral videos to doctors' notes and even bank account details. Many of them run on electricity generated by burning fossil fuels.

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Dirty streaming: The internet's big secret

A more eco-friendly petrol could be introduced to garages in the UK from next year which could cut CO2 emissions from transport by 750,000 tonnes per year.

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Greener petrol at UK pumps to target emissions

“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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