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Harrogate District Climate Change

Harrogate District Climate Change. Coalition board and sub-group members are drawn from organisations that are willing to proactively support the coalition’s purpose. Board members are leaders in a wide range of sectors. For example commercial businesses, education, voluntary community groups, and the public sector (including representation from the Public Services Leadership Board).

Current active board and sub-group members represent the following organisations: CNG Ltd, Energy Oasis, Goosemoor Organics, Harrogate District Cycle Action, Harrogate and District Community Action (HADCA), Harrogate Borough Council, Harrogate College, Harrogate District Hospital, Highways England, Nidderdale AONB, North Yorkshire County Council, Techbuyer Ltd, University of Leeds, White Rose Forest, Yorkshire Energy Systems, Zero Carbon Harrogate.

An early introduction to the district wide CLIMATE ACTION FESTIVAL (CAFÉ) Coordinated by the Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition (HDCCC) 2021 is a great year to hold our first district Climate Action Festival (we had to postpone events in 2020). This year the UK is hosting the COP26 global UN climate summit, which will attract huge interest. Many local people want to know what they can do to help reduce the damage being done to the climate, and some local organisations are already planning to run a climate action activity. Let’s showcase the great climate action already going on in our schools, workplaces and community groups. Let’s all – young and old, urban and rural – enjoy learning about climate solutions we can take now. Let’s work with the members of our own teams, groups & organisations to make a difference. INFORMATION ABOUT CAFÉ WH Y? To learn how we can act now to limit damage from climate change and ensure a thriving future. WHE N? 1 st – 23rd October 2021. The month before the UK hosts COP26, the global UN climate summit. WHE RE ? Various venues in rural and urban places across Harrogate District & some online at www.hdccc.info. WH AT? What are volunteers in the Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition going to do? • Run a launch event and a 2-day conference in association with key partners. • Publicise appropriate activities led by local organisations like yours. • Promote your suggestions & successes about actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

A district wide CLIMATE ACTION FESTIVAL (CAFÉ) Coordinated by the Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition (HDCCC) October 2021 – our first district Climate Action Festival WH Y? To learn how we can act now to limit damage from climate change and ensure a thriving future. WHEN? 1 st – 23rd October 2021. The month before the UK hosts COP26, the global UN climate summit. WHERE ? Various venues in rural and urban places across Harrogate District & some online at www.hdccc.info. WHAT? Please tell us what you are doing to raise the profile of climate action during CAFé – so we can help publicise your work. Let’s showcase the great climate action already going on in our workplaces, schools and community groups. Let’s all – young and old, urban and rural – enjoy learning about climate solutions we can take now. CONFIRMED DATES INCLUDE Saturday 2nd October for local residents and communities. Demonstrations, discussion & fun focus on skills and technologies that help us to take climate action and see “what does the future look like?” Venue: Harrogate College. Friday 15th October “net zero business” conference for the local business audience. Venue: Harrogate Convention Centre. Please let us know if you are interested. – CONTACT A VOLUNTEER VIA EMAIL AT email@hdccc.info TO TELL WHAT YOUR BUSINESS OR ORGANISATION CAN CAN OFFER DURING CAFÉ & TO ARRANGE A CHAT.

Zero Carbon Harrogate secures funds to launch

a Retrofit Revolution in the Harrogate district

Zero Carbon Harrogate, a local charity, has received grants totalling over £135,000 from Ofgem’s Energy Redress Scheme and the National Lottery’s ‘Together for our Planet’ fund for a major retrofit programme including training and engagement in the Harrogate District.

The programme aims to reduce the climate impact from domestic energy use by accelerating the delivery of local retrofit services.

Home retrofit, or ‘retrofit’ for short, is the design and installation of energy saving measures in homes to make them warmer and reduce CO2 emissions. Retrofit can include all forms of home insulation, replacement windows and doors, draft proofing, upgrading ventilation and the installation of heat pumps. Heat pumps are an efficient, low carbon alternative to gas or oil for heating the home.

Fiona Jones, Zero Carbon Harrogate’s Retrofit Team Leader, said, “We are absolutely delighted that both our applications were successful and that our programme was recognised as much needed for our district. This is a ground breaking programme and the first of its kind in the U.K.”

There are approximately 67,000 homes in the Harrogate District. In March 2020, an investigation from the BBC’s Shared Data Unit found that 70% of properties with an energy rating in the Harrogate Borough are rated D-G. To meet net zero targets there is an urgent need to improve the energy efficiency of these homes.

However, there is a lack of local tradespeople with the skills needed for whole house retrofits. A Harrogate District Climate Change Coalition survey found 78% of residents agree that they would be prepared to make changes in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Yet local homeowners have found it difficult to access the retrofit services they need.

Chris Wilde from Yorkshire Energy Systems recently said, “We currently have 190 enquiries for low carbon installations and only five employees who can do the work. We expect the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme in 2022 will further boost demand in our area, which provides all homeowners with a non-means tested grant of £5,000 towards a heat pump.”

Zero Carbon Harrogate’s programme seeks to ensure the required skills are embedded in the district’s building industry through a comprehensive training programme, fully funded by the grant received from Energy Redress. Harrogate College have already started developing a curriculum to help deliver this, as well as other industry-related courses.

Holly Hansen-Maughan, Partnerships and Development Manager at Harrogate College said, “Harrogate College proudly supports Zero Carbon Harrogate’s initiative to kick-start the local retrofit industry, and futureproof our district’s builders and tradespeople by providing the training that’s needed. We are committed to upskilling people across our district and ensuring that new skills needed are embedded into the curriculum. We have already had a fantastic start to our retrofit training programme with an oversubscribed course in January on the ‘Foundations of Eco-Retrofit’, through People Powered Retrofit. New courses in Domestic Energy Assessment are also coming in March.”

Photo: Fiona Jones, Zero Carbon Harrogate’s Retrofit Team Leader and Holly Hansen-Maughan, Partnerships and Development Manager at Harrogate College

Zero Carbon Harrogate’s new Retrofit Programme is due to begin in the next few months. It will be led by a Retrofit Programme Manager, who will manage an effective engagement programme across the district on behalf of the charity. This is a new, four-day-per-week role, and applicants are encouraged to visit www.zerocarbonharrogate.org.uk  (applications close on 24th March 2022).

The Retrofit Programme Manager will also advocate for best practice and high standards in the retrofit process. As well as tradespeople, a number of Retrofit Assessors and Coordinators will be trained to specify the work needed and supervise its progress, to ensure high standards of are met.

Homeowners who have managed to start retrofitting their homes have been impressed with the results. Local homeowner Bethany Clarke said, “Having an air source heat pump fitted to our property was important to us as a family, and not just to lower our carbon footprint. With young children and a baby, it’s important to us that our house is always warm, and an air source heat pump keeps our house at a constant warm temperature without increasing our bills. It’s far more efficient than a gas boiler.”

Photo: Local Homeowner Bethany Clarke with the heat pump installed at her property

Other local homeowners Bill Rigby and Shan Oakes said, “We have tried in recent years to improve the energy performance of our ‘50s semi. It is like being on a journey, which may never be completed, but the improvements to our comfort and our energy bills have been worth it! People with knowledge and experience have been hard to find, so access for traders to skills improvement is vital.”

Photos – Bill/Shan and whole house retrofit

 

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