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Welcome to Zero Carbon Harrogate

  We are a registered charity dedicated to making Harrogate District a net zero carbon community by 2030.

Supported by strong partnerships, we are an agent of change, offering a trusted independent voice and advocating for rapid decarbonisation.

In the Spotlight: Tom Gordon (Liberal Democrats) is the MP for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency.

Post-election... what now?

We're really looking forward to working alongside Tom Gordon to work out how we can best align our activities to effectively meet net zero targets for the area. ​​​


Watch this space for more on this from Zero Carbon Harrogate, but in the meantime, you can get in touch to let us know what aspects of climate policy you would like Tom Gordon to focus on first by emailing

And if you would like to hear what the new government should be doing on a national scale but in relation to what this means for Yorkshire, then come to our talk with Piers Forster, who'll be discussing exactly that.

Pre-election ZCH got up to a lot of activities – check those out below

We held a lively public hustings event on Wednesday19th June in Harrogate –  with excellent questions from the audience, the candidates were in agreement about some issues, but there was fierce debate elsewhere! We also filmed a special series of conversations with some of the candidates for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency. In a much more relaxed setting, we found out about family life and their personal motivations for getting into politics. 


Please scroll down to watch the recordings of both our public hustings and more personal conversations with the candidates. We've also created a one-off General Election newsletter with updates and useful resources, and have a dedicated section on our website with further information and news – make sure to check these out. 

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General Election Hustings event (Wednesday19th June)

On Wednesday 19th June, at 7.30pm, we held a lively debate with five out of the seven candidates for the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency at the Wesley Chapel in Harrogate town centre. Armed with questions submitted by the audience in advance, we asked about their climate policies and what they plan to do to tackle decarbonisation across areas such as housing, energy, transport and agriculture.

If you couldn't make it on the night but you'd like to watch the recording filmed by local journalist Tim Cook, we've linked the video here, which you can also find on YouTube.

A special opportunity to get to know the candidates:

'ZCH in conversation with...'

We've done something special for you to get to know the Harrogate and Knaresborough candidates a little better: we've organised a series of online conversations with the candidates which are available to watch on our YouTube channel. So far, we've spoken to Paul Haslam (Independent), Andrew Jones (Conservative), Shan Oakes (Green), and Conrad Whitcroft (Labour) and uploaded their videos. We've also spoken to Tom Gordon (Liberal Democrats) this week and will upload that video shortly. 


Please click on any of the images below to watch the conversations we've had so far. 

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In the Spotlight


Walk to School Event Manager Needed (Volunteer Role)

We're looking for an organised person to lead our super successful Walk to School and Car Free Fridays campaigns! The right person will be coordinating fun event days encouraging pupils to choose low carbon transport as a way to travel, This is a key volunteer position and requires a few hours a month, but we'll be here to support you all the way. Find the full job description and details about how to apply below. 

Supporting businesses in sustainability - NEW Peer Advisory Board

This new collaborative forum provides the opportunity to share practical advice and knowledge to support businesses as they work towards carbon reduction goals. 

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