Views wanted on carbon reduction strategy.

Harrogate Borough Council is seeking people’s views on a revised carbon reduction strategy which will replace the current version.

The new draft version reflects recent changes in national and regional policies and shows how the borough council will use its place-shaping influence to encourage the Harrogate district as a whole to decarbonise and achieve the target of a net zero-carbon economy by 2038.

Achieving a net-zero economy will require support from government, the transport sector, local and regional organisations, businesses and residents. Therefore, the council is urging people to share their views on the revised carbon reduction strategy to help achieve this goal.

The strategy has been divided into the following themes;

  • Domestic energy efficiency
  • Sustainable transport
  • Land use and agriculture
  • Engaging businesses and public sector partners
  • Influencing new development
  • Council buildings and Harrogate Convention Centre
  • Operational and staff transport
  • Working practices

Each theme will a number of objectives – supported by relevant parties – to reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency in existing and new buildings, promote tree-planting initiatives and encourage sustainable travel options, for example.

Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for carbon reduction and sustainability, said: “Climate change and the impact we’re all having on the planet, is at the forefront of people minds and rightly so.

“Our draft carbon reduction strategy has a number of aims and objectives but this can only be achieved by working together.

“I’d urge everyone to share their views on our draft carbon reduction strategy so that we can help deliver net-zero carbon emission by 2038.”

Anyone wishing to share their views on the draft carbon reduction strategy can do so on the council’s website at: https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/haveyoursay (consultation closes on 2 January).