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.
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.
Cold and Damp Homes, 6 December
Following a site visit to Thamesmead, the London Assembly Environment Committee explored the issue of cold and damp homes in London to understand if energy efficiency programmes, including those offered by the Mayor, were making a meaningful difference to Londoners’ lives.
Environmental Impacts of Airports and Aviation, 8 November 2018
Two of London’s airports - London City and Heathrow - are planning major expansions to keep pace with the market. But with these developments comes an increased risk of nuisance to Londoners. More flights produce more noise and more carbon emissions.
At a public meeting, the Environment Committee discussed how London City Airport aims to minimise aircraft noise at London City Airport following flight path changes and traffic increases; and how Heathrow plans to contribute to the UK’s strategy to tackle climate change.
Investigating Embodied Carbon, 20 September 2018
London’s buildings begin to generate carbon long before any ribbon is cut. The manufacture of building materials, their transport to the site and construction all contribute damaging emissions.
At a public meeting, the Committee discussed, with expert guests, carbon emissions from parts of the building life cycle including materials production and construction, and potentially demolition and materials disposal.
In the news
- 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
- The burning truth: Official figures show that 40% of waste is incinerated instead of being recycled or sent to landfill - Daily Mail
- England poised to burn more rubbish than it recycles - The Times
- Published a report Farming In The Green Belt - 10 December 2018
- Submitted a response to the Government's consultation on single-use plastics - 3 December 2018
- Wrote to the Mayor urging him to join the Plastics Pact - 1 October 2018
- Released a findings report on Single-Use Plastic: Unflushables - 14 August 2018
- Wrote to all London MPs urging them to vote against Heathrow expansion - 21 June 2018
- Published a report on electric vehicles in London, Electric Vehicles - 24 May 2018
- Wrote to Thames Water about their Water Resources Management Plan - 26 March 2018
- Compiled a report on how London manages its waste, Wasting London's future - 21 March 2018
- Issued Waste: Energy from Waste - 15 February 2018
Contact the Environment Committee
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To speak to the Mayor's Office about environmental issues, please contact: 020 7983 4000