Environment Committee

The Environment Committee looks at what additional measures could be taken to help improve the quality of life for Londoners and investigates topics ranging from airport expansion and burst water mains, to noise from the Night Tube and the environmental impacts of plastic water bottles.

Environmental Impacts of Airports and Aviation

Recent investigations

Aircraft Noise

Aircraft noise remains a serious issue and will inevitably be a greater problem if airports increase their traffic. We have identified the following key actions that London and its airports need to undertake to reduce the far too high levels of disturbance to daily lives.

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Recent work

Aviation 2050 - 4 July 2019

The London Assembly’s Environment and Transport Committees’ response to the Government’s Aviation 2050 strategy proposal.


Air quality at Haimo Primary School, Greenwich - 3 April 2019

The Committee visited Haimo Primary School to hear directly from children about the impact of air pollution on their health. We heard that 10 per cent of pupils suffered from asthma but the school had introduced a trial ban on cars idling outside the school at pick-up time and was spending a £10,000 grant from the GLA on new bike sheds and planting trees.

Environment Committee chair Caroline Russell meets pupils from Haimo Primary School

The Mayor's green goals - 28 February 2019

The Committee questioned the Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy Shirley Rodrigues, and her team, about progress towards the Mayor's green goals, including tackling waste, and progress towards zero-carbon city status.

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Air pollution in London, 16 January 2019

The London Assembly Environment Committee examined air pollution in London, with a focus on toxic airborne particles, and discussed the Mayor’s work to reduce pollution, including the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

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Green belt farming in London

Nearly a quarter of London’s area is Green Belt. Depending on how it is used, this land can help to cool the city, absorb air pollution, soak up flood water and provide habitat for wildlife and access to the countryside for urban people. The Environment Committee investigated how sustainable food growing in the Green Belt can be promoted and supported. 

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In the news

  • Calls for more to be done to tackle damp and mouldy homes - Times Series
  • 'Daily nightmare of noise' for homes near Heathrow flown over by 300 planes a day - The Times
  • Green Belt farms under pressure from development - BBC London News
  • Tough new noise fines to hit flights at City Airport after surge in resident complaints - Evening Standard
  • London Mayor urged to sign up to Plastics Pact - CIWM Journal
  • Sanitary bins could come to men's toilets in war on wet wipes - The Guardian
  • London must 'take charge' of EV infrastructure, report finds - Environmental Journal

Recent actions

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Previous work on air pollution

Environment Committee members

Contact the Environment Committee

If you have a media enquiry relating to the Committee please contact:                 

Communications Officer: Aoife Nolan[email protected] 020 7983 4067

If you have a query about the Committee and its work please contact:

Scrutiny Manager: Daniella Davila Aquije, [email protected], 020 7984 2850
Committee Officer: Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616                                   

To speak to the Mayor's Office about environmental issues, please contact: 020 7983 4000

Environment Committee on a site visit to Thamesmead

You can’t flush this!

Farming in London’s Green Belt

Committee meetings

Browse meetings and agendas for this committee and find out further information relating to the committee, including terms of reference

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