A cleaner, greener town
In 2019, Watford Borough Council declared a climate emergency, and committed to an ambitious target of becoming a net carbon neutral borough by 2030. Read our sustainability strategy.
Sustainability Watford focuses on those areas where we can make a positive impact – both in our homes and in how we live our lives.
- Water - Reducing water consumption and tackling pollution
- Energy - Lowering carbon by reducing our energy consumption
- Food – tackling waste and reducing the impact of food production on the environment
- Clothing - reducing the impact of textile production on the environment
- Waste – promoting reduce, reuse, recycle
- Transport – Changing to ways to travel
- Biodiversity – Delivering projects to improve biodiversity across the town
- Business – Helping smaller businesses to become more sustainable
Find out more about a cleaner, greener Watford.
What we are doing
Watford Borough Council is taking a stand against climate change, having declared a climate emergency back in 2019, and setting a goal of being carbon-neutral by 2030.
These are some of ways that we're helping to make Watford a greener, cleaner, and healthier town.
- EV charging points - We installed five on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging points back in 2020, and in 2021, are installing seven additional 7kW fast EV chargers – offering residents an environmentally-friendly way to charge their vehicles for as little as 32p per kilowatt hour.
- Warmer, greener homes - We're helping residents across the town to lower their bills while making a difference to carbon emissions, with our Green Homes Grants. These grants are worth up to £5,000, and can be used towards energy-saving measures like smart meters and insulation
- Transforming Travel - in Watford We've embarked upon an ambitious 20-year journey to create a brighter future for travel in Watford – one with less traffic congestion, cleaner air, and more and safer cycling and walking routes.
- Rediscovering the River Colne - We've launched a new 10-year project that aims to clean up the River Colne and its surrounding areas. The river will undergo an extensive clean-up, with the key goal of attracting back the original biodiversity of the river and its banks – including plants, fish, birds and insects and other species.
- Rewilding of Cassiobury Park - Work started this summer on the new wetlands restoration project in Cassiobury Park Nature Reserve. Its aim is to transform the area's former watercress beds into a wildlife sanctuary, complete with reeds, ponds and scrapes – creating an ideal long-term habitat for the area's native birds, mammals and insects
If you are a Watford resident or business join the Sustainability Watford forum or find out more about environmental groups in Watford and Three Rivers and nationally and how you can make Watford a cleaner, greener town.