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

Mutual Benefit Societies want stronger action on air quality to boost public health
The International Association of Mutual Benefit Societies (AIM) continues to call on the EU to act on air quality. In June 2014 AIM launched the Bruges Declaration on air pollution and health. Read more…

Medical community discuss health and coal in Serbia
Last month HEAL co-hosted a conference of medical experts on health and coal combustion in Serbia, together with the Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut” and the Serbian Medical Society. Read more…

Better health and air quality event in Poland
On 4 December, HEAL in Poland brought together 70 leading health experts, medical institutions and policy-makers to discuss the latest science on air pollution in Poland, and ways to improve the air. Read more...

Launch of HEAL in Poland website HEAL has launched a Polish website providing basic information on air pollution and the health effects, health community activities in Poland and solutions for everyone to work towards better air quality. Read more...

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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

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

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


January 2015

19, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium: Healthy Lungs for Life by ELF and ERS

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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