Zero Carbon Harrogate

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

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Climate forum: Global climate change and the implications for Harrogate District

Monday, 9 November, 2020

How can Harrogate play its part in the global green recovery? Profs Piers Forster and Andy Shepherd of the University of Leeds will discuss the global ramifications of their work into climate change, drawing on their influential work in atmospheric and polar science.

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.

Britain must nurture its scientific expertise to help save the world from climate crisis

Clean energy and sustainable food supplies will be the planet’s most pressing issues over the next 30 years.

In coping with health-related matters, scientific advice is crucial. We will also need optimally applied science in meeting other global challenges: developing affordable clean energy, feeding the world and preserving the environment.


The UK has for centuries punched above its weight in science and invention. It’s crucial to sustain our standing in a more competitive world: if we don’t get smarter, we’ll get poorer. Enough of our brightest and best must opt for science, engineering and technology, as millions do each year in east Asia.

It’s crucial that young people – savvy about trends and anxiously choosing a career – should perceive the UK as a place where a culture of innovation flourishes. Our schools, universities and hi-tech businesses must all perform well if we are to prosper. Indeed, it will be challenging to even achieve the goals that we’ve set ourselves already.

Buy only what you need and stop waste

Waste is never good. It’s bad for your pocket and for the environment, and much of it is avoidable.

Take food waste; according to ‘FareShare’, the food redistribution charity, 1.9 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food industry every year in the UK and figures from WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) show that UK households binned £13.2bn of ‘edible’ food in 2018. That amounts to an estimated 6.4 million tonnes of household food wasted and around 25 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions generated for no purpose!

From a purely personal standpoint I have experienced the race to get through certain ‘Use by’ foods in our fridge at home – and then the feeling of guilt as I empty the furred green contents of something that I can’t identify into the kitchen bin. What I wasn’t prepared for were the statistics. 

I’m sometimes guilty of shopping without checking what’s already in the fridge, I can be a tad over generous when boiling rice, and that half a loaf of bread which is the consistency of a house brick isn’t going to be given to the birds! 

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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