Environmental sustainability

Sutton Environment Strategy

Sutton Environment Strategy

The Sutton Environment Strategy 2019 - 2025 sets out our ambition to become London's most sustainable borough by 2025. Residents, community groups, the council and businesses will be working together to deliver this vision using the following chapters within the strategy:

  • Cleaner air
  • A greener borough
  • Using less energy
  • Creating a circular economy
  • Tackling climate change

The vision

Sutton will be London's most sustainable borough. 

The air will be cleaner as more of us will travel by bike, public transport or on foot. The boroughs green space will be protected and linked to new green spaces, created in areas lacking parks and space for nature conservation. The council's carbon emissions will fall as will energy use per household. More energy will come from renewable or low-carbon sources, such as solar. Fewer people will live in fuel poverty. Sutton will be a testbed for the circular economy; keeping materials in use at their highest value for as long as possible; through reuse, repair or re-manufaturing. Waste will be reduced. The borough and particularly vulnerable people will be resilient to the impacts of climate change including heatwaves, droughts and flooding. We will each use less water. Everyone will play their role in reducing their impact on the environment.

How can you be part of this?

Everyone living, working and studying in Sutton has a role to play in helping to create London's most sustainable borough. Lots of actions in the strategy will encourage people, including school children, to do their bit. The list below all are ideas or actions being taken by people living, working and studying in Sutton. 

  • Use hard soap, buy in bulk and refill where possible, use bar shampoo to cut down on plastic bottles.
  • Collect cold water from a tap in a bucket while waiting for it to run hot. Use that for next lavatory flush.
  • Try to buy veg and fruit loose, not in plastic bags, and put them loose into my shopping bags.
  • Wear warm clothes at home to use less heating.
  • Use sustainable public transport included tram, train and bus.
  • Swapped to a totally sustainable energy provider.