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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 the waste recycling rate.

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

  • Achieved Green Flag status for 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.

  • Created the Guildford Hydro project

  • Built new council homes with solar photovoltaic panels

  • Installed over 150 air source heat pumps in our housing stock.
  • Set out a Local Plan to make Guildford borough fit for future generations.

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

  • Climate Emergency Declaration
  • Setting up climate change fund to deliver more ambitious carbon reductions in line with commitments.
  • Developing a long term Transport Strategy.
  • 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. 

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