The Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition is a group of businesses, public sector organisations and voluntary groups, which promotes and implements carbon reduction activities throughout the Harrogate district.
The coalition was set up in response to the council's Notice of Motion supporting measures to address the climate emergency.
The intention is to engage a wide range of organisations and individuals in collaborative work to achieve the aim of net-zero emissions.
The main coalition group has a focused core membership of organisations who are willing to proactively support the coalition's purpose, including:
- Harrogate Borough Councillors (including the cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, who chairs the meetings)
- business representatives, including key sectors outlined in Economic Growth Strategy.
- voluntary group representatives, including Zero Carbon Harrogate
- public sector representatives including one or more representatives from the Public Services Leadership Board
The coalition has set up the following priorities and sub-groups to take action on specific themes.
Communications and engagement:
- raising awareness of the coalition so that people living in the Harrogate District know about the local ambition for net zero emissions
- tackling "child miles" by working with one or more schools to cut the number of school run car trips
Energy efficiency and renewables:
- encouraging businesses to work together on energy issues, for example establishing a Harrogate business network to investigate shared opportunities for renewable energy
- supporting the White Rose Forest initiative and encouraging tree planting schemes on publicly and privately owned land
Single use plastics and recycling:
- encouraging the reduction in single-use plastics and increase in recycling and other circular economy principles across the district
Further information can be found on www.hdccc.info