Climate change

  • The council has declared a climate and ecological emergency, committing to acheiving zero carbon emissions. 
  • Council planning policies include requirements relating to carbon reduction, flood risk measures, cycle parking and biodiversity improvements. Landowners, developers and house-holders often seeking help on how to select tree and shrub species to meet planning requirements in relation to soft landacping and biodiversity a Tree List document has been developed to support this.


  • The council has committed to switching to a renewable electricity supplier by April 2021.
  • The Solar Together London scheme has helped over 1,200 residents register their roofs to collectively purchase solar panels for their homes. For all enquiries please contact
  • Sutton is trialling energiesprong, a whole house retrofit project to transform 100 council homes in the borough to a zero carbon standard. Sutton is the first borough in London to trial this innovative approach.  
  • The council has built two new schools to Passivhaus standards.


  • Brompton folding bicycles are now available to hirein Sutton town centre. For more information and to book a bike, visit the Brompton website.
  • The council has published its Air Quality Action Plan, setting out the actions we will will take to improve air quality across the borough.  
  • 100 new bike parking spaces are being installed across the borough.
  • Free cycle skills training is available for children and adults. 
  • Together with TfL, a new on demand bus service was trialled in the borough during 2019/20 called 'Go Sutton'

Reducing waste

  • The Sutton nappy cash back scheme is open to families using resuable cloth nappies.  
  • Sutton has joined the national Refill revolution and is working in partnership with Successful Sutton and local businesses to provide free water bottle refills at participating locations across the borough. Download the app to find your nearest refill point whilst out and about.
  • The council will soon be launching 'on the go' recycling points across the borough. 
  • The council is working with partners to investigate options to launch a scheme to reuse any left over or unwanted paint. 
  • This year the council has delivered campaigns to help residents reduce food waste and recycle more. Events have taken place on Sutton High Street and in schools across the borough. 
  • The council has launched a new Waste Minimisation Strategy and Reduction and Recycling Plan.
  • Food, textiles and battery recycling facilities are all provided to households with a kerbside collection, in addition to the standard paper, card and mixed dry recycling. 

Parks and open spaces

  • The SuDS in Sutton Schools project is being delivered in partnership with the South East Rivers Trust. It includes the installation of sustainable drainage measures in a number of Sutton schools to help reduce flooding issues in the local area. 
  • The council has published a new Parks and Open Spaces Strategy
  • Over 2,000 trees have been planted in the last year. 
  • Sutton Nature Conservation Volunteers work with the council to maintain the borough's biodiversity and wildlife sites. 

Fairtrade status

  • The Fairtrade Foundation has renewed Sutton's Fairtrade Status for 2019-2020. This work is led by the Sutton Community Fairtrade Group which includes representatives from voluntary groups, churches, schools and businesses in the borough. To find out more about more about Fairtrade in Sutton, products you can purchase and where you can purchase them locally visit Sutton Community Fairtrade Group.

Working with partners

  • London Councils (an organisation which works on behalf of London Boroughs) has commited to working collaboratively London Boroughs to tackle climate change and respond to the declared climate emergency. This includes a series of joint projects which Sutton will be part of. 
  • We are working with the South London Partnership on projects that can take place at a sub-regional level to tackle climate change. These include electric vehicle charging and district heat networks
  • We are undertaking a review of our procurement policies to include sustainability requirements. 
  • Led by the South London Partnership, the 'Internet of Things' project is seeking to develop solutions that will improve peoples lives. In January 2020 the project opened up a call for ideas from studens in the local area.