Agenda and minutes
Environment Committee
Thursday 7 December 2017 2.30 pm

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

Contact: Clare Bryant, Committee Officer; telephone: 020 7983 4616; email:  [email protected]; minicom: 020 7983 4458 

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  Apologies for absence were received from Tony Arbour AM, and Jennette Arnold OBE AM for whom Nicky Gavron AM substituted.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

 

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

The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 November 2017 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Minutes:

3.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 November 2017 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

4.

Summary List of Actions pdf icon PDF 67 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

 

The Committee is recommended to note the completed and outstanding 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 69 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

 

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 London Assembly’s response to the Mayor of London’s

draft Environment Strategy.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

5.2  Resolved:

 

That the action taken by the Chair, under delegated authority, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, namely to agree the London Assembly’s response to the Mayor of London’s draft Environment Strategy be noted.

6.

Waste Management: Energy from Waste pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Grace Loseby, [email protected]; 020 7983 4299

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the report as background to putting questions to invited guests on Energy from Waste, and note the subsequent discussion.

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

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat as background to putting questions on Waste Management: Energy from Waste  to the following invited guests:

·  Julian Walker, Chief Operating Officer, Cory Riverside Energy;

·  Professor Darryl Newport, University of East London and Institution of Civil Engineers Representative;

·  Tim Rotheray, Director, The Association for Decentralised Energy;

·  Andy Richmond, Policy & Programmes Manager, Greater London Authority (GLA);

·  Shlomo Dowen, National Coordinator, United Kingdom Without Incineration Network; and

·  Dan Cooke, Director of Regulatory Affairs, Viridor.

 

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

6.3  During the course of the discussion, Members requested the following additional information from the Chief Operating Officer, Cory Riverside Energy:

·  Further information on whether Cory Riverside Energy has been subject to the unannounced inspections from the Environment Agency; and

·  Whether tests for dioxins and furans are carried out constantly or intermittently.

 

6.4  During the course of the discussion, Members requested the following additional information from the National Coordinator, United Kingdom Without Incineration Network:

·  Evidence concerning ongoing complaint situations that currently exists relating to London energy from waste plants.

 

6.5  During the course of the discussion, Members requested the following additional information from the Policy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Particulate Air Pollution pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

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

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Notes the report as background to putting questions to invited guests on particulate air pollution, and note the subsequent discussion.

(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 particulate air pollution in London to the following invited guests:

·  Elliot Treharne, Air Quality Manager, Greater London Authority;

·  Peter McNaught, Director of Asset Operations, London Underground;

·  Dr Gary Fuller, King’s College London; and

·  Simon Birkett, Institution of Civil Engineers London Air Quality Representative.

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

7.3  During the course of the discussion, Members requested the Institution of Civil Engineers Representative to provide the Committee with a copy of the task forces report including the ten recommendations.

 

7.4  At the end of the discussion, the Chair thanked the guests for their attendance and helpful contributions to the meeting.

 

7.5  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the report and discussion be noted.

(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 91 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

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

 

The Committee is recommended to note the current and recent work, detailed in paragraphs 4.1 to 4.3, and its agreed future work programme, as set out in paragraphs 4.4 to 4.10.

Minutes:

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

 

8.2  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the current and recent work detailed in paragraphs 4.1 to 4.3 of the report be noted.

(b)  That the Committees notes its agreed work programme as set out in paragraphs 4.4 to 4.10 of the report.

9.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for 17 January 2017 at 10.00am in the Chamber, City Hall.

Minutes:

9.1  The next meeting of the Committee was scheduled for Wednesday, 17 January 2017 at 10.00am 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 5.34pm.