Environment strategies

Environment strategies and publications

The Mayor has strategies for London’s air quality, water, waste, green spaces and biodiversity, noise and climate change adaptation and mitigation. 

London Environment Strategy

We are currently revising our strategies into one integrated London Environment Strategy (LES).

The strategy will focus on creating a city that is healthy, resilient, fair and green as well as resource efficient. The first stage of preparing for the strategy took the form of A City for All Londoners, which sets out the Mayor’s direction for London.

We expect the draft strategy to be ready for public consultation in Spring/Summer 2017.

Our current strategies

Air quality

London's air quality is improving, but we can still do more. Clearing the Air describes how we will make London’s air even cleaner.

Water

The Mayor’s Water strategy is Securing London’s Water Future. With the city accommodating more people than ever, we’re using more water. Changes in the weather and climate mean there are times when we have far too much or too little rain. To cope with this, the strategy details a six step plan to help London use less water, and deal with flooding.

Waste

The Mayor has two waste strategies. The Mayor's Municipal Waste Management Strategy explains how we’re helping households and boroughs reduce, reuse and recycle their waste. The Mayor’s Business Waste Management Strategy shows how we’re helping businesses reuse, recycle and compost more, and make money from managing waste.

Climate change

We know that our climate is changing. We’ll have warmer, wetter winters and hotter, drier summers in future. We’ll also have extreme weather like heavy rainfall and heatwaves more often. The Mayor has two climate change strategies to cope with this. Managing Risks and Increasing Resilience explains what we’re doing to help London cope with these changes. Delivering London’s Energy Future describes what we’re doing to limit further climate change by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Green spaces and biodiversity

London is one of the world’s greenest big cities with an amazing variety of parks, open spaces and natural habitats. The Mayor’s biodiversity strategy Connecting with London’s Nature and his green infrastructure framework - the All London Green Grid - sets out how we protect and conserve London’s green spaces and wildlife.

Noise

London is a big, successful city which makes it an interesting and exciting place to live and work. But sometimes this vibrancy is accompanied by unwelcome noise. The Mayor’s noise strategy Sounder City shows how we can turn down the volume to help reduce some of the harsh and obtrusive sounds of the city-living.