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Harrogate District Carbon Emissions

Travel 48.8%

Road transport is responsible for almost half of the carbon emissions in the Harrogate District and these emissions have only been reduced by 0.6% in the last ten years! We must reduce our reliance on the car and switch to alternative fuel vehicles if we are to eliminate these emissions.

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Energy 26.5%

The domestic energy sector is the second highest source of carbon emissions. This is due primarily to the use of gas for heating and cooking but also includes electricity generation and other fuels, particularly oil for heating. Thanks to the growth in renewable energy supplies emissions in this sector have dropped by nearly 28% in the last ten years.

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Although lower than the national level emissions from industrial and commercial energy use still make a significant contribution to the district total and whilst these have been reduced by similar levels to domestic energy emissions the drop is less than that achieved nationally.

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News and comment

Governments disappointing response to Bradford-Halifax...

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?





Knaresborough Civic Society, 19.30

The Dower House Hotel, Knaresborough




Kaleidoscope Ladies Group

Bilton Community Centre, Harrogate




Current Affairs Group, 14.00

Community House, Knaresborough


Reality Check: Your Christmas tree's carbon footprint

They're the ultimate Christmas decoration and millions are bought in the UK each year. But what impact do Christmas trees - real and artificial - have on the environment?

Responding to North Yorkshire County Councils “Harrogate congestion engagement”


26% of our carbon footprint comes from transport in North Yorkshire – that is why North Yorkshire County Council's consultation on the plans for the future of transport in Harrogate and Knaresborough is important.


To cut our carbon emission in half in the next 10 years we need a major shift away from motorised travel for short journeys.


Please encourage your friends, neighbours, relatives and work colleagues to take part too, as we all want to see a better cleaner Harrogate District in the future.


Guidance on completing the survey


  • Get everyone in your household to complete the survey if possible (including under 16s – it’s their future)

  • Give your views to each of the questions. But please include the following:

    • Question 10: (Is congestion an issue) Add a comment to explain that carbon emissions are an issue with both congestion and car dependence.

    • Question 11 and 13: Strongly Agree (Improving cycling and walking routes and increasing car parking charges)

    • Question 15: Strongly Disagree (Relief road)

    • Question 17: Strongly Agree (Park and ride), but add a comment in Question 23 to say that you would like to see this developed without a relief road (currently they are linked in package E)

    • Question 19: Strongly Agree (Smarter travel choices)

    • Question 21: Strongly Agree (Bus priority)

  • Question 23 is the only place where you can express views in your own words.  Please try to balance any criticism of the “relief” road proposal with positive support for the proposed sustainable measures to make it clear that you believe these can make a difference. 

    If you want some ideas on what to say please take a look at the Zero Carbon Harrogate's draft response to Question 23 before completing the survey and feel free to borrow from this answer if you wish. 

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