Air quality

Each year, 500,000 Europeans die prematurely from air pollution
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Air pollution has many severe effects on human health and the environment. Each year millions suffer from poor health as a result of bad air quality, both indoors and outdoors. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.

News on our policy work

HEAL in Poland: Scientific conference on economic costs of air pollution
During a conference on 21 April at the Military Medical Institute in Warsaw, HEAL’s Weronika Piestrzyńska talked about the economic costs of air pollution. The conference is the most important annual scientific event on the impact of air quality on public health in Poland. Read more…

New WHO/Europe tool on health impacts of air pollution
The AirQ+ tool aims to support experts, policy-makers, health groups and others in quantifying health impacts of air pollution, in a city, region or at national level. HEAL hopes this tool will help to increase the understanding of the need to take further action for cleaner air. Read more…

HEAL responds to Serbian Minister of Energy on Unpaid Health Bill report
The Serbian Minister of Energy questioned HEAL’s evidence on the huge health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Serbia, as part of an assessment for the Western Balkans. HEAL reacted with an open letter how coal power plants make us sick. Read more…

HEAL in Poland on air quality and renewable energy sources
Last month HEAL in Poland spoke at two important events on health impacts of air pollution, benefits of healthy energy solutions and the high importance of renewable energy developments. Poland is a country where almost 90 percent of electricity still come from coal. Read more…

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Take action!

- Climate change calls to action


- Youtube video: Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate, 4 December 2015

- Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package, Outreach magazine, 7 December 2015

- Coal Atlas by Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Friends of the Earth International includes HEAL figures

- Healthy Energy Initiative - Health Impacts of Energy Choices - A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

- Healthy Energy Initiative - From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

- HEAL Webinar series COP21 – Recordings

Related HEAL/EFA websites

- Know your air for health website: English - German - Italian

- HEAL and EU ESCAPE patient information leaflets: Air quality and heart and lung health




- 5 – 12, Paris, France: International Environmental Film Festival

- 21: Earth Day

- 27: World Day for Safety and Health at work

- 28, EP, Brussels, Belgium: EFA event on Adolescents Adherence to Asthma treatment


- 4 - 16: Fossil free week of action

- 6: World Asthma Day

- 25: Start of European week against cancer


- 5: World Environment Day

The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick presents the first-ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe as well as testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy makers on why they are concerned about coal.

The report develops recommendations for policy-makers and the health community on how to address the unpaid health bill and ensure that it is taken into account in future energy decisions.

For a brief summary of the report see HEAL’s coal and health postcard

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Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Air quality

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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