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Draft London Environment Strategy

The Mayor of London has published a draft Environment Strategy for consultation. This is an important document to shape policy in the built environment.

Closing date: 17 November

Objectives of the consultation

The draft Environment Strategy aims to bring together approaches to respond to a host of environmental issues which affect the health and wellbeing of Londoners, including air pollution, noise, green spaces, and climate change. It aims to ensure that London is greener, cleaner and ready for the future. 

The draft Environment Strategy is divided into the following areas, covering a wide range of issues where built environment professionals can and should have a significant impact:

  • Air quality
  • Green infrastructure
  • Waste
  • Climate change mitigation and energy
  • Adapting to climate change
  • Ambient noise
  • Transition to a low carbon circular economy.

The draft Environment Strategy includes a number of targets for 2050, including:

  • “London will be a zero carbon city – with a zero emission transport network and zero carbon buildings”
  • “London and Londoners will be resilient to severe weather and longer-term climate change impacts, such as flooding, heat risk and drought”
  • “London will have the best air quality of any major world city, going beyond the legal requirements to protect human health and minimise inequalities”.

 The draft Environment Strategy also proposes policies in order to help achieve these targets, including:

  • Continuing to tighten requirements on carbon emissions from new buildings, and drive carbon reductions on existing buildings
  • Considering policies that encourage developers to carry out overheating modelling against extreme weather scenarios
  • Implementing new, tighter air quality targets, meeting World Health Organisation (WHO) health-based guidelines by 2030 to transition to a zero emission London.

Supporting papers

To download documents that support this consultation, please follow the links below:

What you can do

CIBSE will submit a response to the consultation and we would like to hear from you to best represent your views. 

Please let us know if you would like to be involved and contribute to the response, or send your contributions by Friday 27 October to Julie Godefroy, Head of Sustainability Development

Members may also wish to make a submission as individuals or as part of their organisations, in addition to the CIBSE response. The final deadline for submission to the Mayor of London is 17 November.