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

Co-wheels car club comes to Harrogate

Co-wheels is a pay-as-you-go car hire scheme, now with a number of vehicles available to hire in the centre of Harrogate.

It's a great way to have access to a vehicle when its needed without owning one, allowing members to walk, cycle and use public transport much more; only using the car club when it really is the best option. Co-wheels cars are electric, hybrid & low emission.

Car Free Fridays

Please leave the car at home on Fridays to keep our streets safe for walking and cycling, and do our bit for our planet and health.

Inspiring young people to build careers in the green economy - webinar 

Wednesday, 8 July

Also save the date for our online screening of the film 2040 on 22 July. More shortly.

Climate news

Extra £14bn needed a year for climate, report says

An extra £14bn is needed each year to help the UK meet its climate commitments, a new think tank report suggests. Green Alliance says the cash is needed for clean transport, nature restoration, and low-carbon buildings.

Over the past three years, it says that £9bn has been spent on projects that actually increase CO2, like roads. It comes as large UK firms make a promise to "kick-start a new approach" and "put the environment first".

Its calculations are based on the government’s own assessment of major projects in the pipeline released on 16 June.


The government said it is determined to meet carbon targets, but the report draws attention to ministers' plans to spend £28bn on roads.


The authors cast doubt on whether the government should spend any more money at all on projects that increase CO2 emissions.

ZCH blog

Investment is key in supporting a green economic recovery

It’s been a worrying time. For many of us Covid-19 has brought with it, not only health concerns, but financial ones as well.

As lockdown eases and some of our fantastic local business begin to open their doors again, what will the future hold? As we move from survival mode, to recovery mode we need to have an eye on what our local ‘thriving’ mode looks like. Decisions made now can have a positive impact on that future, in both economic and environmental terms.

We’ve all experienced the environmental benefits of lockdown. Local people using local shops and walking local footpaths; clean air on Knaresborough High Street and birdsong heard in middle of Harrogate.


The sudden stop on the economy has led to a significant short-term reduction in carbon emissions, but it has come at an unacceptable economic and personal financial cost... 

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..."

Leeds Climate Change Citizen's Jury​

Can Harrogate learn from the actions being taken by Leeds to address climate change, through a citizen's jury and the Leeds Climate Commission?

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. 



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?


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

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.


Government to urge us all to walk and cycle more

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.


Dirty streaming: The internet's big secret

“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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