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

MEPs put health first in key air vote
HEAL welcomes today’s vote in the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety on the new EU National Emissions Ceilings Directive (NEC). Read more...

EFA: Allergy and asthma patients need clean air in Europe
Leading European experts and policy-makers from the allergy, asthma, health and environmental fields including HEAL, recently came together to discuss the ongoing EU efforts to review clean air legislation in Europe. Read more…

HEAL highlights health impacts of air pollution on Polish breakfast TV
The past months have seen an increase in media attention and public debates on the health impacts of air pollution in Poland. HEAL’s coal and health adviser Łukasz Adamkiewicz spoke about the topic on a popular morning Polish TV show "Question for Breakfast". Read more…

HEAL supports ‘More than Energy’ initiative in Poland
‘More than Energy’ is a nation-wide coalition in Poland, made up of local governments, institutions, NGOs and individuals, wishing to improve energy efficiency and increase renewable energy sources. HEAL in Poland is a partner of this initiative. Read more…

How coal power plants in Turkey make us sick
Coal power plant capacity in Turkey is set to almost double over the next four years adding significantly to already high health costs, according to HEAL’s recent report. Read more…

Clean air would promote better health in Serbia
Serbian health professionals and the Ministry of Health launched a statement urging the national government to improve people’s health by reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. HEAL works closely with health professional in Serbia to highlight the health risks from coal. Read more...

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Take action!

- Call for young scientists: "New voices in global health" – Deadline 31 July 2015

- Nature Alert! Take action to save nature! - Deadline 24 July 2015

- - Tell the G20 to #StopFundingFossils


- HEAL Webinar series (1) COP21 – Recording: Perspectives on how climate action can benefit health

- Statement on air, coal and health in SerbiaEnglish

- The Unpaid Health Bill – How coal power plants in Turkey make us sick – English - Turkish

- New brochure for patients in Poland on health impacts of air pollution

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

- Three briefings highlighting 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



- 31 August – 4 September, Bonn, Germany: UNFCCC negotiations


- 2, Brussels, Belgium: EPHA AGA

- 8: HEAL webinar: Climate and health in the WHO European Region

- 10 – 14 Poland: Spirometry Week

- 26: World Environment Health day

- 30: World Heart Day


- 9-10: Global Day to Reclaim Power against dangerous, harmful and dirty energy systems

- 11 -13, Berlin, Germany: World Health Summit

- 14 - 17, Milan, Italy: 8th European Public Health Conference - Health in Europe – from global to local policies, methods and practices

- 19: Global Frackdown Day

- 22: Global Day of Action Against Coal

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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