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Environmental sustainability

Cleaner air

Our vision for cleaner air

Our aim is for Sutton's air to be cleaner and meet the required standards for nitrogen dioxide as soon as possible. The borough will be a place where walking and cycling short journeys is easy, pleasent and safe. People will have access to a good public transport network and infrastructure to enable a switch to low emission vehicles. By March 2022, 48 per cent of journeys to Sutton will be made by walking, cycling or public transport. There will be fewer motor vehicle journeys which will help improve air quality.

The targets

  • By March 2022, 48 per cent of journeys in Sutton will be made by walking, cycling or public transport.
  • By March 2022, 36 per cent of people will be doing 20 minutes of active travel a day. 
  • By December 2021, 24 per cent of Sutton's population will be within 400m of the strategic cycle network. 
  • Develop and deliver an action plan for meeting the national air quality standards as soon as possible.
  • Continue to take action to reduce levels of particulate matter (PM10). 

Action plan

The delivery of these targets will be monitored by the borough's Air Quality Action Plan

Actions you can take


  • Travel by bike, public transport, or walk. Use the TfL journey planner for route options.
  • Walking? Use the clean air route finder tool to find a route which avoids heavily polluted roads.
  • Buying a new car? Consider a hybrid, electric or low emission vehicle and install a charge point at home. Or visit Zap Map to find your nearest electric vehicle charging point.
  • Want to request an electric vehicle charge point near you? Tell us online at power my street.
  • If you need to fly, carbon offset your flight.


  • Choose paints and varnishes that are labelled as having low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Around the home:

  • Regularly service your boiler, this will reduce pollution and prevent carbon monoxide from being created. It will also make sure your boiler isn’t wasting fuel and money.
  • Switch to a renewable energy supplier. You could save money too!
  • Take a look at the actions in the using less energy chapter as this helps reduce pollution.
  • If you’ve got an open fire or wood-burning stove, try to use it only when absolutely necessary. If you are replacing a stove, consider a Defra approved stove.

In the garden:

  • Garden bonfires cause air pollution - set up a compost bin for your garden waste instead.