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Assembly cuts through the noise on Heathrow expansion

09 November 2016

There has been much debate about the effects of Heathrow expansion on air and noise pollution levels.

Will legal limits of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) be further breached if expansion goes ahead? How much will noise levels increase? Can Government mitigation measures control these impacts and to what degree?

The London Assembly Environment Committee will tomorrow hear evidence from a panel of environmental experts about the real impacts of Heathrow expansion and the effectiveness of the Government’s proposed mitigation measures.

The Committee will also begin its investigation into domestic energy and fuel poverty. Currently 348,000 households in London - or 11 per cent - are in fuel poverty and targets to reduce carbon emissions from people’s homes are not being met.

Topics to be discussed will include: the current situation and trends, energy efficiency retrofit, domestic and community energy generation, energy use choices and behaviour, energy prices and tariffs.


Part one: Domestic energy: approx. 10:00am-11:50am. The guests are:

  • Afsheen Kabir Rasheed, Chief Operating Officer, Repowering London
  • Goivanna Speciale, Director, South East London Community Energy
  • Bevan Jones, Managing Director, Sustainable Homes
  • Claire Maugham, Director of Policy & Communications, Smart Energy GB
  • Peter Smith, Director of Policy & Research, National Energy Action
  • Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive, Energy Saving Trust 
  • Sophie Neuburg, London Campaigns Lead, Friends of the Earth

HEATHROW - Topics to be discussed will include:  air pollution, noise and carbon emissions.


Part two: Heathrow: approx. 11:50am-12:30pm. The guests are:

  • Simon Birkett, Founder and Director, Clean Air in London campaign
  • Simon Alcock, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, ClientEarth Clean Air Campaign
  • Sophie Neuburg, London Campaigns Lead, Friends of the Earth

The meeting will take place on Thursday 10 November from 10:00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.  

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Follow us @LondonAssembly and take part in the meeting discussion using #AssemblyEnv throughout and (part one): #DomesticEnergy #FuelPoverty and (part two): #Heathrow

Notes to editors

  1. Full Agenda papers.
  2. Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of the Environment Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  3. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


For media enquiries, please contact Mary Dolan on 020 7983 4603.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officer.  Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.