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Harrogate Borough Council

Local climate information from CAPE

Climate change is a global challenge, but reaching the UK's carbon emissions goals requires local action.

Local councils, either through their services, or through their influence on residents and local businesses, have influence over one-third of UK emissions.

mySociety and Climate Emergency UK have created CAPE - to make councils' commitments, plans, and progress on climate action transparent and accessible to all.

We are working to improve the quality of information that is available about local climate action, and about the levels of public support for climate action.

By promoting information sharing and constructive scrutiny, we aim to drive more effective and coordinated action to reduce emissions.

For Harrogate Borough Council we have collected the following information: powers & responsibilities, your representatives, declarations & pledges, climate documents, emissions data and related councils.

This council has been replaced

This council was replaced on April 1, 2023. The new council may or may not reflect any plans or declarations made by this council.

This council has been replaced by:

Powers & Responsibilities

Harrogate Borough Council was a Non-Metropolitan District.

This means it overlaps with a county council, with the county and district layers having different responsibilites.

This kind of council has powers and responsibilities for:

Council buildings and staff

Climate actions might include:

  • making council offices more energy efficient
  • incentivising ‘Active Travel’ or public transport use among employees
  • providing carbon literacy training for employees
Environmental health

Climate actions might include:

  • reducing industrial emissions through air quality enforcement
  • bringing up insulation and energy efficiency standards through enforcement of the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Decent Homes Standard 2000, for cold and damp conditions in private rental and social housing

See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

Planning and building control

Climate actions might include:

  • imposing reasonable requirements that new developments comply with energy efficiency standards and get a proportion of their energy from local, renewable sources (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
  • incorporating additional energy performance standards into their Local Plan, for new works that require planning permission
  • using Area Action Plans to guide development proposals towards lower carbon emissions or more cycling and walking routes, for example
  • enforcing legislation that requires private rental properties to be of Energy Efficiency Rating E or above (Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2015)
  • funding energy efficiency improvements on existing homes, through initiatives such as Green Homes Grants

See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.


Climate actions might include:

  • setting energy standards above building regulations (Planning and Energy Act, 2008)
  • enabling housing associations to improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock through loans
  • where councils operate their own social housing, prioritising energy efficiency – for example, by requiring Passivhaus standard for newly built schemes

See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

Spending, procuring, and investing

Climate actions might include:

  • embedding carbon impact assessment as part of the council’s budgeting and financial accountability process
  • utilising Public Works Loan Board loans or the Business Rates Retention Scheme to invest in emissions-reducing capital projects that otherwise wouldn’t get funded
  • specifying low carbon equipment and practices when procuring for relevant services from suppliers
  • prioritising positive environmental impacts during procurement, through the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
Waste collection

Climate actions might include:

  • establishing ‘Joint Waste Solutions’ with neighbouring councils, to get more value out of waste, recycling, and street cleaning contracts
  • running marketing campaigns to encourage residential recycling, reuse, and waste minimisation

See more in the Climate Emergency UK checklist.

Read more about English local authority powers in the UK100 Power Shift report.

Your representatives

We also run, which you can use to find out all your representatives from different layers of local, devolved, and national democracy.

You can also use it to send a message to your councillors, MP, or other representatives.

Declarations & pledges

Climate emergency declaration

Harrogate Borough Council declared a climate emergency on April 10, 2019.

Council only pledge for 2038

“By 2038 we will have a net zero-carbon economy. The council’s own operations will be clean and efficient, and we will play a positive role enabling the wider district to achieve net-zero emissions.”

A council declaring a climate emergency is an official recognition of the urgent need to address and mitigate the impacts of climate change at a local level. See a list of councils which have declared a climate emergency.

A whole area pledge is a commitment to reduce emissions across the geographic area, including emissions by homes and businesses. See a list of councils which have made a whole area pledge.

A council only pledge is a commitment to reduce emissions that the council is directly responsible for through its buildings, operations, and services. See a list of councils which have made a council-only pledge.

Climate documents

Last update: Sept. 26, 2023

The following documents are likely to shape the climate action that Harrogate Borough Council takes.

You can browse topics in these documents using the links below, or start your own custom search across all plans stored in our database.

Carbon Reduction Strategy

Emissions data

Other resources
Harrogate Borough Council’s official homepage.
Tyndall Centre Carbon Budget report
Check Harrogate Borough Council’s ‘carbon budget’ – their share towards meeting the UK’s Paris agreement targets.
Friends of the Earth ‘Near You’ tool
Discover climate groups in this area, data about Harrogate Borough Council’s climate performance, and actions you can take.

Download our data

Data sources

Much of our data is crowdsourced by an army of volunteers filling in Google spreadsheets. This is then combined with some standard data to enable it to be matched up across sources.

Links to council climate action plans were crowdsourced in this spreadsheet. If you find a plan document that we’ve missed, read our guide on what we consider a climate action plan and how to add one to our spreadsheet.

Climate Emergency UK

Council climate emergency declarations and net zero commitments were largely collated by Climate Emergency UK staff.

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Local authority CO2 emissions estimates are collated by the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

Council Climate Plan Scorecards Mapolitical

We make use of data from our Council Climate Plan Scorecards project, which was collected with the support of Mapolitical, who donated their UK Government Political Stakeholder data and Look-up API to help us communicate with local authority officers. Read more on the Council Climate Plan Scorecards site.

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Download ZIP archive of all documents

This includes all the documents we’ve found including Climate Action Plans, Climate strategies, pre plans etc. As well as the PDFs, or HTML pages, of the plans, this includes a CSV file (plans.csv) with details and sources for all the included files, along with information like GSS codes to enable linking to other data. The CSV file is available separately, see below for details.


Access our JSON API

We are working to expose an increasing quantity of our data through our JSON API. The API pages themselves include a full description of the data available.

CSV/Excel files

All our public climate and local authority data is avaliable through our data portal.

The following files are avaliable as CSV and Excel files.

If you'd like help working with our data to include it in your service, please get in touch and we will help you do that.

Download council plan metadata

Download council net zero commitments

Download climate emergency declarations

Download emissions reduction projects

Download citizens' assembly dataset

All the above CSV files include the council GSS code, and a three letter council code you can use with the API, to enable matching data across files, and with other sources. The links contain full descriptions of all columns.

The CSV of emissions reduction projects is limited to Scottish local authorities (see reasoning below)

Full explanations of the data can be found in the guidance on the Sustainable Scotland Network site.


The API data and CSV files are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. The ZIP file is unlicensed as it contains work issued by local authorities under many licenses.

Similar councils

We have built on open datasets to provide comparisons between councils that are similar in a number of dimensions. You can read a detailed breakdown of how we calculated these dimensions on our blog, but here’s a high-level summary:

Download our nearest neighbour datasets.

Emissions reduction projects

We are able to display emissions reduction projects reported by Scottish local authorities, thanks to the ‘Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies; Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015’ which requires them to submit reports on their climate actions to the Sustainable Scotland Network website each year.

We automatically collect these reports, extract information about the local authorities’ emissions reduction projects, and display them in a more accessible, interactive format, here.

Sadly local authorities in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland have no corresponding reporting requirement, so data is unavailable for them.


If you find this data useful we’d love to hear from you about how it was used. It’s helpful for guiding future work, providing examples to others and for talking to existing and current funders.

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mySociety, Climate Emergency UK (2024). CAPE: Harrogate Borough Council. Available at: [Accessed 14 Jul 2024].

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