TEC-LEDNet Joint Statement: Air Quality and Waste and Resources

  • By ArafatJalal

In February 2019, the Transport and Environment Committee (TEC) and London Environment Directors' Network (LEDNet) met for the first time to discuss issues surrounding air quality and waste and resources. They committed to work together along with the Greater London Authority (GLA), Transport for London (TfL) and other London partners to tackle the issues concerning air quality and waste and resources, by reorientating our work on waste and recycling towards considering waste as a resource, looking at resources issues in the round and building the circular economy.

The following cross-cutting solutions were agreed for each topic:

Air Quality: 

  • Creating and driving a shared narrative that reframes sustainable travel as a desirable choice, making links to health and wellbeing benefits, including clean air.
  • Advocating for effective regulation at national and local level that disincentivises use of private vehicles and polluting vehicles.
  • Adapting our infrastructure to support sustainable travle and clean vehicles.

Waste and Resources: 

  • Supporting people to change their behaviour by making the right thing the easiest thing to do.
  • Addressing the ways in which the type of home one lives in can make it harder for residents to do the right thing.
  • Advocating for national policy and legislation that supports us to deliver smart, cost-effective reduction, recycling and disposal services that are nested within a wider circular economy approach.
  • Support one another to learn by taking a unified approach to data analysis and insights.