Climate change and sustainability timeline

We have long been committed to protecting the environment. The list below highlights some key activities undertaken across our estate since 1990/1991.


The Council embarks on programme of energy efficiency works across its own estate


Woking Environment Action (formerly called Woking Local Action 21) established


Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and first phase of solar panels installed at Brockhill

February 1999

Thameswey Ltd established

July 1999

Thameswey Energy Ltd established


Second phase of solar panels installed at Brockhill


Awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise

March 2001

Woking CHP Energy Station officially opened

December 2002

Climate Change Strategy adopted


Climate Neutral Development Guidance adopted

March 2003

Cross political party Climate Change Working Group established

June 2003

Woking Park Fuel Cell / CHP officially opened

June 2005

Updated Climate Change Strategy adopted

June 2005

First demonstration hybrolight commissioned

March 2005

Awarded the Beacon Council Status for Sustainable Energy

December 2005

Awarded Low Carbon Leaders' Award


First electric vehicle (EV) charging points installed in town centre car parks

March 2006

Energy Saving Trust fleet health check

Autumn 2006

Enterprise Rent A Car Ltd car club introduced for Council business mileage

March 2007

Awarded Beacon Status for Promoting Sustainable Communities through the Planning Process


Revised Climate Change Strategy adopted


Beacon Council Status for Tackling Climate Change


The Council enters partnership with Enterprise Rent A Car Ltd to deliver a car club for business mileage reducing emissions and saving money on mileage claims

2008 to 2011

Cycle Woking programme delivered


Action Surrey created as part of the Thameswey Group to give impartial energy advice to households, schools and businesses helping them save money and reduce CO2 emissions

March 2012

Environmental audit conducted by Cap Gemini


Expansion of electric vehicle charging points in town Centre car parks (ongoing)

March to August 2015

Electric vehicle pilot as part of the Council’s car club arrangements

September 2015

Woking 2050, revised Climate Change Strategy adopted

January/February 2018

Air quality monitoring tubes installed on Victoria Way at the junction with Lockfield Drive (at the former Toys R Us building, and at Victoria Arch junction)

Spring 2018

Plastic water bottles removed from Council Chamber meetings, china cups and glasses replaced plastic and paper cups in all meeting rooms. Segregated waste bins, including food waste, introduced into staff kitchens in Civic Offices.

October 2018

Diesel vehicles banned from the Council's lease car fleet


New Vision Homes (NVH) invested £5.7m into the existing housing stock as part of the asset management programme. £500,000 of which was focused on improving the energy efficiency of blocks through external wall, cavity wall and loft insulation programmes.

February 2019

Electric vehicle position statement adopted and published on website

April 2019

Thameswey's new energy centre on Poole Road received planning permission

July 2019

Single Use Plastics Policy adopted

July 2019

Climate emergency declared

September 2019Minutes of the Climate Change Working Group added to the Council’s website to enhance awareness of its activities in this area.
November 2019Five trees planted at Byfleet Primary School to mark National Tree Week. The planting was part of Surrey County Council’s initiative to plant 1.2 million trees in the county by 2030.
December 2019Minutes of the Climate Change Working Group added to the Council's website to enhance awareness of its activities in this area.
February 2020Carbon neutral definitions and baselines determined and adopted by Woking Borough Council along with the identification of priority carbon reduction activities for 2020 to 2021.
February 2020Woking Borough confirmed as part of a Surrey County Council pilot to install on-street charging points. SCC was awarded £470,000 to install 80 fast on-street charging points for electric vehicles across Woking, Spelthorne, Guildford and Waverley Borough Councils during 2020 to 2021.
March 2020Seven trees planted on Surrey County Council highway land adjacent to Horsell Lodge to mark Surrey Tree Week.
March 2020Minutes of the Climate Change Working Group added to the Council's website to enhance awareness its activities in this area.