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

Morning, Tuesday, 20th October 2020

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

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

Key stakeholders and policymakers will assess progress on the London Environment Strategy - as well as remaining challenges - in the context of The London Plan, which sets out a new cross-sector framework for the development of London over the next 20-25 years.

The discussion at a glance:

  • environmental 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
  • a green COVID-19 recovery in London - examining strategies that can ensure climate protection and environmental resilience, and contribute to reaching net-zero targets
  • active travel - looking at opportunities, including behavioural change with increased walking and cycling to work in the wake of the pandemic
  • preparing for climate change - adaptation strategies to meet emissions reduction targets
  • developing local and city-wide approaches
  • priorities for natural environment protection - including supporting biodiversity, access to green spaces, and realising the value of London’s natural capital and net-gain within infrastructure projects
  • the built environment - next steps for decarbonisation and developing green infrastructure, including improving the energy efficiency of new and future homes

The discussion in more detail:

  • the London Environment Strategy
    • progress - looking at key elements, including:
      • 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
    • engaging with key groups - including attracting finance and investment - and for designing city-wide strategies
    • London’s infrastructure - ensuring that it promotes decarbonisation, including expanding electric vehicle charging, and clean energy installation
    • active travel - supporting its further development  across the transport network, improving the public health of Londoners, and learning from international best practice
  • collaboration on climate strategies - at a cross-borough, community and individual level:
    • local decision-making - opportunities presented by London borough responsibility for designing their own climate and environmental plans for unlocking local and community driven engagement
    • local strategies - measures that council leaders can take in designing and delivering on effective targets, with input from local businesses, to create low-carbon goods, services and programmes
    • engagement - steps for ensuring the involvement of London residents and communities in climate plans, including for local circular economies, and supporting residents to change to more sustainable behaviours
  • energy efficiency: 
    • 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:
      • 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
  • London’s natural capital and a green economic recovery from COVID-19:
    • employment - steps local policymakers, businesses and local groups can make to attract green jobs to London
    • active travel - increasing opportunities and adapting to physical distancing needs, such as widening pavements, creating roads exclusive for walking and cycling
    • air quality - - assessing further options in line with recent steps taken by London authorities
    • green infrastructure - priorities, and using the Greener City Fund, looking at options for new large-scale green spaces, living walls, urban forests, and mass tree planting, and potential impact of water and air quality and encouraging walking and cycling
  • local projects - further opportunities for engaging local residents and communities with the natural environment, including neighbourhood greening projects in public spaces

The background at a glance:

  • 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
  • London borough action on climate change - last year’s declaration of a climate emergency amongst London-wide boroughs, and the TEC-LEDNet Joint Statement: Climate Change 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
  • Take urgent action on six key principles for a resilient recovery - the Committee on Climate Change advice to national and devolved governments 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 National Park City - London declaring itself the world’s first National Park City, with aims to improve public health, cohesion, and address climate change

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 reduce carbon emissions, promote active travel and improve air quality - priorities for working across London Boroughs
  • Case study: developing a green city, planning for adaptation, and driving policy towards carbon neutral targets
  • 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; MHCLG; Defra; the Department for Transport; the National Infrastructure Commission; the Planning Inspectorate; the Civil Service Fast Stream; the Committee on Climate Change; the Crown Commercial Service; the Department of International Trade; HM Revenue & Customs; the Industrial Strategy Council; Natural Resources Wales; the Office of Rail and Road; 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 Speaker

Peter Daw

Head of Climate Change, Greater London Authority

Keynote Speakers

Kate Hand

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

Karine Hertzberg

Special Adviser for International Climate Cooperation, Department for Environment and Transport, City of Oslo

Peter Daw

Head of Climate Change, Greater London Authority

Charlotte Wood

Incoming Acting London Area Director, Environment Agency


Elliot Colburn MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Micromobility

Feryal Clark MP

Member, Environmental Audit Committee


Dipti Patel

Vice Chair, London Environment Directors' Network, and Director of Place Delivery, Ealing Council

Matthew Pencharz

Principal, MSP Strategies, and former Deputy Mayor of London

Simon Sturgis

Founder, Targeting Zero

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

Executive Director, Design Council

Judith Sykes

Director, Expedition Engineering

Murray Birt

Senior ESG Strategist, DWS