Our sustainability priorities and progress

We are committed to providing a safe, clean and attractive borough, reducing our energy consumption and promoting sustainability. Find out about our aims and achievements and view our sustainability policies.

Delivering sustainability

What we've done

  • Installed photovoltaic panels on some council buildings, saving approximately 90 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

  • Replaced old, inefficient boilers in our housing stock with 340 'A' rated condensing boilers.

  • Increased waste recycling rate to 60%.

  • Updated crematorium facilities with new cremators, saving costs and reducing the impact on the environment.

  • Achieved Green Flag status for eight of Guildford's parks and green spaces.

  • Achieved Purple Flag status for town centre management at night.

  • Completed Onslow Park and Ride facility.

  • Introduced a Green Scheme, allowing electric vehicle owners to receive discounted parking in car parks.

  • Carried out a renewable mapping exercise

  • Created the Guildford Hydro project

  • Built new council homes with solar photovoltaic panels

What we're doing now
Solar hot water panels Millmead Offices

  • Developing a long term Transport Strategy.

  • Creating a Local Plan to make Guildford borough fit for future generations.

  • Aiming for 70% recycling of household waste.

  • Looking to maximise the generation of our own clean energy.

For more information on our sustainability progress and plans, read our Corporate Plan for 2018-2023

Sustainable development policies

We are committed to building sustainability into all our decision-making processes. For guidance on sustainability requirement for new build developments, please see our Sustainable Design and Construction SPD (Supplementary Planning Document).

View our Greenhouse Gas Reports, and Home Energy Conservation Reports.

Climate Change team

For more information, please contact the Climate Change team by emailing: climatechange@guildford.gov.uk or calling 01483 444509.