The Mayor wants London to be recognised as a world leader in improving the environment. With partners, the GLA is implementing a range of policies to improve air quality, to enhance quality of life through enhancing the capital’s already prominent green spaces, and to ensure better water and waste management. Climate change adaptation and mitigation are also being tackled through programmes to improve the energy efficiency of London’s homes and businesses.
This is a presentation of local authority collected waste statistics afforded by the quarterly reporting to WasteDataFlow. WasteDataFlow is a web-based system for quarterly reporting on municipal waste data by local authorities to central government. It is also used by the Environment Agency for monitoring biodegradable waste sent to landfill under the Landfill Allowance Trading Scheme. For 2011/12 the data are provisional and the final figures will be released in November 2012, taking into account data revisions and provision of missing data.
Key point: The percentage of London local authority collected waste that goes to landfill has fallen from 26.6 per cent last quarter to 26.5 per cent this quarter (down 0.1 percentage points). It has also fallen by 10 per cent since the same period last year, compared with a 12 per cent drop nationally.
This dataset includes all the emissions that occur within the boundaries of London. Estimates of total CO2 emissions, and emissions per capita of population, are both on an end-user basis.
Key point: Total emissions in London in 2010 were 44,672 Kilotonnes of Carbon Dioxide, up by 5% on 2009, though lower than any years between 2005 and 2008. Transport emissions were unchanged but Industrial and Commercial emissions were up 6%, and Domestic up 7%. Industry and commercial still accounts for the largest portion of emissions.
Household waste recycling rates includes waste that is recycled, composted or reused. Recycling rates traditionally fluctuate throughout the year, with the spring and summer months generating higher levels of recycling and composting. Recycling rates are generally lower in urban areas.
Key point: The recycling rate in Jul-Sep 2012 was 35% in London compared with 47% in England. London's recycling rate has fallen by 0.3% since the same quarter last year whilst national rates have increased by 4.7%.
Percentage of usable or deployable capacity (excludes water normally left in a reservoir for environmental or emergency contingency measures) in the Lower Lee Group and Lower Thames Group reservoirs. Daily levels available back to 1989, though chart shows monthly data since 2007.
Key point: Over the past six years, the lowest levels in both reservoir groups were measured in November 2011 - 62% in the Lower Lee Group and 70% in the Lower Thames Group. However, since then levels have recovered to a peak of 99% for both groups in May. Levels were at 99% in the Lower Lee and 96% in the Lower Thames in April 2013. Average levels for 2012 were the highest on record (since 1989) for the Lower Lea Group at 95%, and the second highest on record for the Lower Thames Group, also at 95% (after 2008 when the average was 96%).
Thames water Leakage rates
Air quality data
Number of street trees planted
LEGGI database 2012
Drain London Maps