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Environment policy in London – natural environment, built infrastructure and progress towards net zero

Morning, Tuesday, 20th October 2020

Online Conference

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss progress and next steps for environment policy in London.

It takes place two years on from the publication of the London Environment Strategy, and will be an opportunity to assess the challenges and developments within the Capital, as well as local initiatives, approaches to delivering climate adaptation, and London’s role as a National Park City.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss The London Plan, which sets out a new integrated and holistic cross-sector framework for the development of London over the next 20-25 years.

We expect discussion on priorities for:

  • policy and stakeholder action on climate protection and environmental resilience
  • low-carbon and sustainable development of infrastructure, transport and housing across the city
  • ensuring net-zero targets - and a green economic recovery from COVID-19  - is incorporated into new policy and governance going forward, including within sectors such as transport, energy, and the built environment

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • policy priorities for London - looking at the London Environment Strategy, new developments within The London Plan, and the Mayor’s plans to make London Carbon Neutral by 2030
  • delivering a cross-sector green and sustainable COVID-19 recovery in London
  • supporting active travel in the city- examining opportunities as more people look to cycle and walk to work following the pandemic, including plans for London’s bike Tube network above Underground lines
  • preparing for the impact of climate change - adaptation strategies to meet emissions reduction targets, including discussion of developing local and city-wide approaches
  • protecting the natural environment in London - including biodiversity, access to green spaces, net-gain within infrastructure projects, and realising the value of London’s natural capital
  • decarbonising the built environment - priorities for developing green infrastructure across London and for improving the energy efficiency of new and future homes

Why this is relevant now - the context:

  • The Mayor’s London Environment Strategy, and its ongoing policy objectives around:
    • protecting the physical and natural environment, restoring wildlife and habitat outlets
    • delivering healthy and low-carbon forms of travel, energy and infrastructure across the city
  • The Mayor’s new The London Plan which aims to improve public health, equality and the city’s economy in a green and sustainable way
  • Last year’s declaration of a climate emergency amongst London-wide boroughs, and the Mayor and the London Councils statement on climate change adaptation preparedness
  • The ongoing Energy for Londoners programme, and its objectives around:
    • delivering low-carbon energy supply and energy efficient homes
    • expanding the role and communities in power generation
  • The recent publication by the Committee on Climate Change on key principles for a resilient COVID-19 recovery, including:
    • increased investments in mitigation and adaptation measures
    • developing low-carbon infrastructure
    • improving public access to nature, such as environmental restoration and green spaces
  • London declaring itself the world’s first National Park City, with aims to improve public health, cohesion, and address climate change

The discussion in detail:

Delivering London’s Environment Strategy - which focuses in part on air quality, green infrastructure, climate change mitigation and energy, waste, adapting to climate change, ambient noise, and moves towards a low carbon circular economy - with discussion on:

  • priorities for engaging with key groups and designing city-wide strategies, and avenues for attracting finance and investment
  • steps for ensuring London’s infrastructure promotes decarbonisation - including expanding electric vehicle charging, and clean energy installation
  • supporting options for active travel across London and the city transport network, improving the public health of Londoners, and learning from international best practice

Progress towards net zero emissions - and the development of climate and environmental plans, including

  • measures council leaders can take to design effective targets and deliver action and collaboration across boroughs
  • engagement of local businesses, the creation of low-carbon goods, services and programmes
  • ensuring London residents and communities are involved in climate plans, and supporting residents make more sustainable choices through behaviour change.

Improving energy efficiency across the Capital:

  • supporting affordable domestic retrofit to drive energy efficiency improvements
  • increasing energy efficiency of new homes in line with the Future Homes Standard
  • achieving the objectives in the Energy for Londoners programme, including:
    • leveraging coordination between the public sector, private sector stakeholders and residents, to help deliver insulation, warmer homes, and clean and reliable heating
    • securing public and private investment for the acceleration of clean and distributed energy such as solar power
    • further measures involving installations to reduce energy costs and improving community ownership

Making the most of London’s natural capital and supporting a green economic recovery from COVID-19, looking at:

  • steps local policymakers, businesses and local groups can make to attract green jobs to London
  • increasing active travel opportunities and social distancing opportunities, such as widening pavements, creating roads exclusive for walking and cycling, and measures to preserve healthy air quality - in line with recent steps taken by London authorities
  • the £12m Greener City Fund, and its potential for developing green infrastructure such as new large-scale green spaces, living walls, urban forests, and mass tree planting, and what this means for water and air quality and encouraging walking and cycling
  • further opportunities for engaging local residents and communities with the natural environment, including neighbourhood greening projects in public spaces, as part of the £1.2m Community Green Space Grants

The agenda:

  • Delivering the London Environment Strategy, securing a green economic recovery, and leading the way in meeting the 2050 net zero target
  • Developing local initiatives to support measures that promote active travel and improve air quality - priorities for working across London Boroughs
  • Preparing London for the impact of climate change and the policy drive towards carbon neutral targets - risk assessment, adaptation, green infrastructure, and designing community-led plans
  • Case study: developing a green city and best practice in planning for adaptation
  • Key issues for the natural environment and public health in London - wildlife and habitat protection, improving access to green spaces and air quality, and supporting active travel
  • Delivering sustainability across London’s built and natural environment, and utilising the river as a resource
  • Priorities for developing sustainable city-wide infrastructure, improving domestic energy efficiency and addressing delivery challenges - design, investment and affordable retrofitting

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stake holders.

This conference is no different. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; Defra; the Department for Transport and the Welsh Government.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Kate Hand

Head of Climate Change, Policy and Public Affairs Division, London Councils

Peter Daw

Head of Climate Change, Greater London Authority

Louise Marlin

External Relations Manager, Environment Agency


Dr Hazel Peace

Division Director, Air Quality, Jacobs

Mathew Frith

Director of Conservation, London Wildlife Trust

Dr Afsheen Kabir Rashid

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Repowering London, and Chair, Community Energy England

James Austin

London Director, Sustrans

Sue Morgan

Director of Architecture and Built Environment, Design Council

Judith Sykes

Director, Expedition Engineering

Murray Birt

Senior ESG Strategist, DWS