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Mayor needs to get his environmental ducks in a row

15 June 2016

This meeting took place on 16 June 2016. Read the transcript here.

Which environmental issues should the Mayor prioritise for action?

The capital currently faces significant environmental challenges – not least, tackling air pollution levels causing 9,500 premature deaths each year[1] and accommodating population growth of 100,000 annually[2].

The Mayor is required by law to have an Environment Strategy, he is also required to address environmental issues in other strategies like the London Plan and Transport Strategy[3].

During the first meeting of the new London Assembly Environment Committee, a range of experts will offer their environmental priority suggestions.

The guests are:

  • Syed Ahmed, Director, Energy for London
  • Richard Aylard CVO, Sustainability and External Affairs Director, Thames Water
  • Denise Beedell, Development Manager Greater London, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Dr Sean Beevers, Senior Lecturer in air pollution modelling, King’s College London
  • Samantha Heath, Chief Executive, London Sustainability Exchange
  • Richard Howard, Head of Environment and Energy, Policy Exchange
  • Michael Jacobs, Associate Director Energy, Transport and Climate, Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Mark Jenkinson, London City Director, Siemens
  • Simon Moody, London Area Manager, Environment Agency


Topics to be discussed include: air pollution and transport impacts; managing waste; carbon reduction, energy and London’s built environment; green space and water management.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 16 June 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.

Notes to editors

  1. Understanding the Health Impacts of Air Pollution in London, King’s College London, 15 July 2015.
  2. Growing, growing, gone: Long-term sustainable growth for London, London Assembly Environment Committee, 9 March 2016.
  3. Full Agenda papers.
  4. Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of the Environment Committee is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  5. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.


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