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

New Brochure on domestic coal combustion in Poland

HEAL together with eight Polish health and medical institutions have launched a new brochure in Polish to raise awareness of the health impacts of burning coal in the home. The brochure was presented at a special webinar on 26 June on domestic coal burning. Read more…

French guidelines on air pollution health messages

The French High Council for Public Health recently published an expert opinion regarding public health messages for air pollution episodes concerning PM, ozone, NO2 and SO2 pollution peaks. Read more…

HEAL in Poland hosts webinar on domestic coal combustion

HEAL in Poland hosted its first webinar on the impacts of air pollution on human health, with a particular focus on the impacts of domestic coal combustion and the launch of HEAL’s latest brochure on this issue. Read more…

Public discussions on Polish coal power plants

Last month HEAL in Poland had the opportunity to attend a series of meetings in regions where new coal power plants are in the pipeline. HEAL presented findings on health impacts from coal power to interested citizens. Read more…


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



27 – 29 August, Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Conference on health and climate - More information here


4 – 5, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA 5th Annual Conference - More information available here

23 – 24, Brussels, Belgium: European Citizens Summit - More information available here

26: World Environment Health Day


6 – 7 October, Brussels, Belgium: HEAL Annual General Assembly - More information coming soon!

19: Global frackdown day

22: Global day of action against coal


November, Israel: Mid-term review of the European Environment and Health Process (EEHP) - More information available via the WHO Europe website

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 65 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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