Sutton Council became the first One Planet Council in 2009, with its action plan to deliver sustainability to this outer London borough
Creating healthy, green and prosperous communities
Sutton in south London is where the BedZED eco-village and Bioregional are based. So, it was a big step forward when Sutton Council became the first One Planet Council in 2009 with a detailed sustainability action plan based on our One Planet Living framework.
With a partnership spanning twenty years, Bioregional and Sutton Council have worked together to support a shift to sustainability in the local area.
Like any One Planet Living partnership, the aims are to combine prosperity, opportunity and a good quality of life for everyone while remaining within the natural limits of our one planet.
Since signing off a major update to its original action plan in 2013, the council has been working to reach new targets and actions for the years 2017, 2025 and 2050. They are organised under five themes which relate to the ten One Planet Principles – cutting carbon, cutting waste, valuing our natural environment, supporting healthy communities and supporting the local economy. Each of these five themes are embedded across the council’s services.
These new targets and actions were agreed with local stakeholders following wide-ranging consultation. They cover the council’s own operations and the way families live and businesses work in the borough. Key to making progress are partnerships with a variety of public service bodies and voluntary and community groups.
In its 2016/17 progress report, Sutton said it had exceeded, met, or was on track to meet 17 of its 32 priority One Planet Sutton targets set for 2017.
One Planet achievements from 2016-17
- Waste has been reduced by more than 45% at council offices compared to the 2009/10 baseline.
- 4,000 schoolchildren attended events about local green space and nature. One event at Sutton Ecology Centre gave an introduction to native amphibian biology, including an evening search for amphibians in and around the pond.
- TfL funding confirmed for a Quietways cycle route between Sutton and Morden.
Plans for 2017/18
- Health and happiness: Launch of the Sutton Child Health website, a parent’s guide to common illnesses and wellbeing.
- Equity and local economy: Further delivery of the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan to increase economic growth and employment opportunities across the borough.
- Land and nature: Wildflower meadow restoration at Sutton Common Paddock to support local bees and butterflies and improve the common for visitors.
- Local and sustainable food: Launch of Sutton Community Farm share offer, an opportunity to invest and help secure the future of the farm.
- Materials and products: Completion of the South London Circular Economy Study and opportunities to collaborate on circular economy projects in south London.
- Zero carbon energy: Installation of Solar PV panels on Civic Offices and other council buildings. Over the panels’ 25 year lifespan, the council hopes to save approximately £85,000 in electricity bills and prevent around 400t of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
You can find out more about Sutton’s ambitions for 2025 and 2050 here.
About the developer and partners
Sutton provides a wide range of essential services to a population of about 200,000 people with a budget in 2017/19 of £234 million, overseen by 54 locally elected councillors.