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Adapting to the future

Shaping the future to ensure residents live safe, prosperous and healthy lives, in a local natural environment with diverse wildlife that thrives. Prioritising a green recovery through low carbon and circular economy and fostering skills for careers of the future so that business can grow.

Our long-term plan is geared towards residents having access to all the facilities they need within a 15-minute walk or ride from where they live. 15-minute neighbourhoods are key to our residents being able to lead healthy, green and sustainable lives.

Council as a leader

The information provided on this webpage highlights Waltham Forest’s ambition to continue to make and influence change at a local, regional, national, and international level. Here is a timeline of what we’ve delivered in recent years to build a more sustainable borough.



September 2008 Waltham Forest launch Climate Change Strategy
2010 Waltham Forest Biodiversity Plan launch
October 2012 We sign the Climate Local Commitment
2015 Enjoy Waltham Forest programme launches
March 2016 Implemented zero carbon homes policy in Planning, and established the Carbon Offset Fund under powers in the London Plan
2016 32% reduction in carbon emissions in ten years
September 2016 We become the first UK local authority to agree divestment of its pension fund from all fossil fuels investment
2017 Council building energy consumption reduced by 8.7% in five years
October 2017 Walthamstow Wetlands opens to the public
February 2018 New five-year Air Quality Action Plan launched
July 2018 Waltham Forest Council publishes Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
September 2018 Enjoy Waltham Forest programme helps 51,000 fewer households breath dangerous air over past decade
2019 Waltham Forest School Streets Initiative launched. There are currently 15 school streets in the borough, with five more being developed in 2021
April 2019 We declare a Climate Emergency
May 2019 Suntrap Centre closed for £4.5m investment to bring nature nearer to people
September 2019 Independent Climate Emergency Commission of experts established. Survey engaged nearly 4,000 residents (incl: 1,400 young people)
October 2019 A £2.4m programme launches to reduce carbon emissions within Council operational buildings by 2,721 tonnes per year
August 2020 Council awarded £1.7m to retrofit Council homes and make grants available for private homes in the borough
November 2020 Waltham Forest Green and Blue Infrastructure Strategy completed
September 2021 Landmark Waltham Forest Eco-home launched
October 2021 £1.5m fund announced to bring Climate Emergency Commission recommendations to life