What we're doing

The Environment Strategy and Climate Emergency Response Plan sets out our ambition to be London’s most sustainable borough, including the commitment to become a net zero carbon council and borough. 

London Councils is leading work to coordinate seven programmes for cross-borough working to help tackle the climate and ecological emergency. Sutton is participating in a number of these projects. Full details are available on the London Councils website

The following sections detail key achievements in tackling the climate and ecological emergency in Sutton. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all work that the Council is undertaking on the climate and ecological emergency.

Cleaner Air

A Greener Borough

  • Partnership with the South East Rivers Trust has improved sections of the River Wandle.
  • Funding received including £4,000 towards installing butterfly banks and £11,000 for meadow creation in Beddington Park.
  • 1,378 children and 927 adults attended biodiversity events during 2021/22. Find out about how you can get involved.
  • More than 3,000 trees planted in 2021/22. Read more about tree planting in Sutton
  • 11 Green Flags were awarded to Sutton’s parks in 2023.
  • £157,000 has been awarded by Transport for London to green Sutton Town Centre.

Achieving Net Zero Carbon

  • The Council has purchased fully renewable electricity across its estate since 2021.
  • The Sutton Healthy Homes service supports residents with energy efficiency measures. Find out about support available for saving energy in your home.
  • Delivery of retrofit improvements to 13 homes as part of the Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme.
  • The Harris Academy school was built to Passivhaus status. 
  • £1.7m awarded from the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund to retrofit 75 homes in partnership with Sutton Housing Partnership.
  • The Green Enterprise Partnership, a partnership between the Council and businesses to help them to reach Net Zero was set up. Find out more about the Green Enterprise Partnership.
  • Sutton Decentralised Energy Network was set up, with the capability to use waste heat from the Beddington Energy Recovery Facility to heat homes.
  • A carbon offset fund has been set up, using contributions from S106 agreements in the Local Plan to fund projects such as the LED lighting programme.

Creating a Circular Economy

Tackling Climate Change

  • Meat free Mondays have been implemented in schools, as well as added ‘plant power’ meals which have a 50% reduction in meat
  • The GreenSpace project has been set up to improve Limes Avenue Recreation Ground. Read more about the GreenSpace project.
  • Officers must now complete a Climate Impact Assessment when submitting committee papers.

Communicating climate change

  • Awareness days are regularly communicated through the Council’s social media channels and newsletters. These have included Fairtrade Fortnight, International Car-Free Day and COP26.
  • The Sutton Community Environment Champions network meets bi-monthly, and has resulted in the set-up of the Sutton repair cafe.

What you can do

There is plenty that every person, business, school, charity and organisation can do. To find out more, take a look at our “take climate action” pages

Work Experience

The Environment Strategy Team welcomes work experience applications from

  • school students
  • university students
  • people who are interested in exploring whether sustainability or local government is a career route for them

We can offer a range of experiences relating to projects and communications activities. This is a year-round opportunity and we can be flexible about dates, but we do need a minimum two-week commitment.

If you are interested, you can complete our Work Experience Enquiry Form.