Zero Carbon Harrogate

Zero Carbon Harrogate

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  • Environment

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Our aim is to make Harrogate District net zero carbon by 2035.
We believe that this will have a positive impact on the whole area's health and wellbeing and the reduction of the carbon footprint will hopefully inspire other areas to do the same which could have a huge impact globally.
We hope to see a reduction in air pollution; an increase in jobs in the renewable's sector; an improvement in people's health from being more active walking and cycling; fewer cars on the road and less congestion; less food waste; more trees being planted; people better educated about climate change and how they can reduce their impact on the environment.


We have several groups including:

An engagement Group who are seeking to raise awareness of both the need to transition to a low carbon economy and how it is possible to do this now. We run a series of public events from workshops and film showings to meals and farm visits. Topics include areas such as the carbon emissions impact of food, the benefits of forestry, the success of the local council and hearing inspiring stories from around the world. 


A Food Group- We  are raising awareness of the carbon cost of our food so that people can make more informed decisions when buying food. In addition we are addressing the carbon cost of food waste, for example by intercepting excess food from supermarkets, local shops and businesses and redistributing to charities and people on low incomes through the Resurrected Bites Cafe.

A Sustainable Transport Group whose aims are: 

  • Rapid reduction of private car use, which would also resolve many issues associated with traffic congestion.

  • Rapid increase in public transport and active transport (walking, cycling, skateboarding, etc)

  • Electrification of trains, buses, private cars and cycles

  • Use of synthetic liquid fuels for freight vehicles

  • Local generation of electricity from renewable sources (solar, wind and hydro). This would provide a cheaper supply without the transmission losses and losses to the economy associated with importing energy from outside the area.

  • Local electricity storage. Cryogenic storage plants and use of electric car batteries as part of a local energy storage network.

A Homes & Energy Group to encourage passivehaus standard building.

A Carbon Capture Group working in woodland creation and peatland conservation.

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