Environment Committee

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.

What the Environment Committee does

What the Environment Committee does

Recent investigations

Aircraft Noise

Aircraft noise remains a serious issue and will inevitably be a greater problem if airports increase their traffic. We have identified the following key actions that London and its airports need to undertake to reduce the far too high levels of disturbance to daily lives.

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Farming in London’s Green Belt

Recent work

Air Pollution in London, 16 January 2019

The London Assembly Environment Committee examined air pollution in London, with a focus on toxic airborne particles, and discussed the Mayor’s work to reduce pollution, including the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

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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. 

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Cold and Damp Homes, 6 December 2018

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.

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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.

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Environment Committee on a site visit to Thamesmead

In the news

  • 'Daily nightmare of noise' for homes near Heathrow flown over by 300 planes a day - The Times
  • 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

You can’t flush this!

Recent actions

  • Issued a response to the Mayor's enhanced 'scrap for cash' scheme - 15 February 2019
  • Wrote to TfL seeking more information on toxic Tube dust - 13 February 2019
  • Published Aircraft Noise report - 23 January 2019
  • Issued a response to the Mayor's air quality monitoring network - 15 January 2019
  • Issued a statement on the Government's Clean Air Strategy - 14 January 2019
  • 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

Environmental Impacts of Airports and Aviation

Committee meetings

Browse meetings and agendas for this committee and find out further information relating to the committee, including terms of reference

Contact the Environment Committee

If you have a media enquiry relating to the Committee please contact:                 

Communications Officer: Giles Broadbent, g[email protected], 020 7983 4067          

If you have a query about the Committee and its work please contact:

Scrutiny Manager: Ian Williamson, [email protected], 020 7983 6541

Committee Officer: Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616                                   

To speak to the Mayor's Office about environmental issues, please contact: 020 7983 4000