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

Poland: policy changes needed to improve air quality
HEAL recently attended a conference at the Ministry of the Environment on possible changes in the law to improve air quality in the country. Measures discussed included a ban on low quality coal for household use and low emission zones. Read more…

HEAL presents views at Clean Air for Europe hearing
At an institutional hearing in Brussels, HEAL presented its view’s on the EU air package. Despite progress being made in the last decades, poor air quality is still a predominant environmental cause of death in the EU. Read more…

One in eight deaths are due to air pollution, says WHO
With new estimates, the WHO reports that in 2012 around seven million people died as a result of air pollution exposure. This finding more than doubles previous estimates and confirms that air pollution is now the world’s largest single environmental health risk. Read more…


HEAL and EU ESCAPE information leaflets:
Air pollution and health - for patients with lung disease

Air pollution and health – for patients with cardiovascular disease

Air pollution and health – for individuals and families concerned about lung cancer

Air pollution and health – for parents of children with asthma and allergies

19 – 24, Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Assembly


3- 5, Brussels: EU Green Week

5, World Environment Day

17, EP, Brussels, Belgium: Does innovative research for allergy and respiratory disease in the EU benefit patients? Organised by EFA

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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