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.

Future Events

We will be taking a break from our event programme through August but returning with a series of online climate forums, monthly on a Monday evening. Our first will look at the role data plays in sustainability.

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

Career prospects in a low carbon economy

As lockdown eases, we can start to see the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on local businesses. Some are slowly starting to get back to normal, while others are still struggling and for some the doors have unfortunately closed for good.


That means unemployment levels are rising and job prospects in the short-term are uncertain, which for those awaiting GCSE and A-level results in just a few weeks’ time is not good news.


The Covid-19 experience has shown us how vulnerable our economy is to a global event on this scale and we must do all we can to avoid the even greater threat that climate change poses to our livelihoods.


As we begin to repair the damage done to our economy, we have the opportunity to implement the changes needed to stop climate change and secure employment prospects for future generations.

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. 



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.


Governments disappointing response to Bradford-Halifax Greenway (B2H2)

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

“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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