Agenda and minutes
Environment Committee
Thursday 10 November 2016 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Rachel Greenwood, Committee Officer; Telephone: 020 7983 4285; Email:  [email protected] 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Chair's Announcements

To receive any apologies for absence and any announcements from the Chair.

Minutes:

1.1  There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Rachel Greenwood, [email protected], 020 7983 4285

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, as disclosable pecuniary interests;

 

(b)  Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any disclosable pecuniary interests in specific items listed on the agenda and the necessary action taken by the Member(s) regarding withdrawal following such declaration(s); and

 

(c)  Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any other interests deemed to be relevant (including any interests arising from gifts and hospitality received which are not at the time of the meeting reflected on the Authority’s register of gifts and hospitality, and noting also the advice from the GLA’s Monitoring Officer set out at Agenda Item 2) and to note any necessary action taken by the Member(s) following such declaration(s).

Minutes:

2.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

2.2  Resolved:

 

That the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, be noted as disclosable pecuniary interests.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 13 October 2016 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

3.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 October 2016 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

4.

Summary List of Actions pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Rachel Greenwood; [email protected]; 020 7983 4285

 

The Committee is recommended to note the completed and ongoing actions arising from its previous meetings.

Minutes:

4.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

4.2  Resolved:

 

That the completed and outstanding actions arising from previous meetings of the Committee be noted.

5.

Action Taken under Delegated Authority pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Rachel Greenwood; rachel.greenw[email protected]; 020 7983 4285

 

The Committee is recommended to note the recent action taken by the Chair under delegated authority, namely to agree, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, the scope and terms of reference for the Committee’s investigation into domestic energy and fuel poverty.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

5.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

5.2  Resolved:

 

That the recent action taken under delegated authority by the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, namely to agree the scope and terms of reference for the Committee’s investigation into domestic energy and fuel poverty, be noted.

6.

Domestic Energy and Fuel Poverty in London pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ian Williamson, [email protected]; 020 7983 6541

 

The Committee is recommended to note the report as background to putting questions to invited guests on domestic energy and fuel poverty in London, and note the subsequent discussion.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat as background to putting questions on domestic energy and fuel poverty in London to the following invited guests:

·  Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust;

·  Peter Smith, Director of Policy & Research, National Energy Action (NEA);

·  Sophie Neuburg, London Campaigns Lead, Friends of the Earth;

·  Afsheen Kabir Rasheed, Chief Operating Officer, Repowering London;

·  Claire Maugham, Director of Policy and Communications, Smart Energy GB;

·  Giovanna Speciale, Co-Founder and CEO, South East London Community Energy; and

·  Bevan Jones, Managing Director, Sustainable Homes.

 

6.2  A transcript of the discussion is attached at Appendix 1.

6.3  During the course of the discussion, the Director of Policy and Research, NEA undertook to provide the following additional information:

·  The rationale and workings behind NEA’s calculation that 69% of the national increase in fuel poverty had been driven through increases in London; and

·  Further information in relation to the technical trials undertaken with the Technical Innovation Fund in the London Borough of Camden, particularly the cost savings delivered through bulk purchase of battery units for domestic energy storage.

 

6.4  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the report and discussion be noted; and

 

(b)  That authority  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Environmental Implications of the Expansion of Heathrow Airport pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ian Williamson, [email protected]; 020 7983 6541

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the report as background to putting questions to invited guests on the Government’s decision to expand Heathrow Airport and the associated environmental implications; and

 

(b)  Delegate authority to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree any output arising from the discussion.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat as background to putting questions on domestic energy and fuel poverty in London to the following invited guests:

·  Simon Birkett, Director, Clean Air in London;

·  Simon Alcock, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Client Earth;

·  Sophie Neuburg, London Campaigns Lead, Friends of the Earth; and

·  Colin Stanbury, Director, Local Authorities Aircraft Noise Council.

 

7.2  A transcript of the discussion is attached at Appendix 2.

7.3  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the report and discussion be noted; and

 

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree any output arising from the discussion.

8.

Environment Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ian Williamson, [email protected]; 020 7983 6541

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Agree its updated work programme for 2016/17, including the schedule of meeting topics set out at paragraph 4.3 of the report; and

 

(b)  Delegate authority to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree the scope and terms of reference for the Committee’s investigation into green spaces.

Minutes:

8.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

8.2  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the updated work programme for 2016/17, including the schedule of meeting topics set out at paragraph 4.3 of the report, be agreed; and

 

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree the scope and terms of reference for the Committee’s investigation into green spaces.

9.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for 8 December 2016 at 2.00pm in the Chamber, City Hall.

Minutes:

9.1  The next meeting of the Committee was scheduled for Thursday, 8 December at 2.00pm in the Chamber, City Hall.

10.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

10.1  There were no items of business that the Chair considered to be urgent.

11.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

11.1  The meeting ended at 1.00pm.