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

City ranking on air pollution
HEAL welcomes the second edition of the city ranking on air quality activities by the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND). Read more…

Poland: future Czeczott coal plant on hold
Following the overturn of an environmental permit to build the new coal power plant, the Polish investor has now put the project on hold. HEAL together with local citizens and other groups have repeatedly raised concerns about this new coal plant and provided evidence on possible health impacts. Read more…

HEAL on Polish Radio programme
HEAL’s Coal and Health Adviser Lukasz Adamkiewicz recently spoke about the National Air Protection Program on Polish Radio Station One. Read more…

Health impacts of residential heating with wood and coal
HEAL welcomes a new WHO Europe report describing the health effects of and policy options for dealing with residential heating with wood and coal in Europe and the US. Read more…

UK faces European court over coal plant emissions
Figures released from HEAL on the health costs of coal power in the UK have been used with regards to a plant in the UK which faces the European count over its emissions. Read more…

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Take action! petition to Chancellor Merkel to maintain Germany’s reputation as a climate leader - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils


- New briefing to highlight the heavy toll on health resulting from exposure to poor air quality in Turkey (available in English and Turkish)

- Three briefings released by HEAL highlight the heavy toll on health resulting exposure to poor air quality in Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro.

- Air pollution sources and health problems (PL)

- Brochure on domestic coal combustion in Poland

- Joint position paper on CO2 standards for power plants (EPS)

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

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


April 2015

14 – 16, Brussels, Belgium: Informal Environment and Energy Council

28, Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Conference on urban design, green space and human health

29 – 30, Haifa, Israel: WHO Mid Term Review

May 2015

5: World Asthma Day

18-26, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly

22: Earth Day

June 2015

3- 5, Brussels, Belgium: EU Green Week

19-20, Paris, France: Conference on climate change and health

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

More information here

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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