London needs to do more to improve the environment, says Mayor
More renewable energy is being used in the capital, but too much waste is being sent to landfill according to a report published by London Mayor Ken Livingstone's office.
The Mayor’s State of the Environment Report gives an overview of the capital’s environmental quality. Covering everything from air pollution to abandoned vehicles and litter, the report sets out key statistics on London’s environment and what progress has been made.
Although the report shows improvement in public transport, renewable energy, recycling and air quality, it also indicates many improvements are necessary: specifically a reduction in the amount of waste going to landfill, an increase in the amount of waste recycled, reducing our water consumption and leakage, continued improvement of air quality, street cleanliness and prevention of litter.
Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: ‘London’s environment is improving however much more needs to be done. The next report [in 2011] will be published on the threshold of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and I expect that a number of policies and initiatives will be in place by then and London will be an environmental showcase to the millions of visitors from within this country and from around the world who come to the Games.’
Some of the findings from the report include:
The Mayor’s environmental report is a produced every four years. The next State of the Environment Report will be published in 2011.
A copy of the report can be found at www.london.gov.uk