News on our policy work
EU decision to allow greater pollution of Polish power plants puts health of citizens at risk
Health groups expressed concern after a recent EU Commission decision granting Polish power plants more time to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants. Read more…
Joint contribution to Energy Community Treaty revision consultation
Civil society organisations urge decision-makers to consider better environmental and public health impacts when integrating energy markets. The revision of the Energy Community Treaty, which brings together the Western Balkans, Ukraine and Moldova is an opportunity to rectify this problem. Read more…
The return of coal: German TV documentary
HEAL’s coal and health officer recently appeared in a German TV documentary on the health impacts related to coal-fired power plants. Read more…
New coal power units in Opole, Poland raise health concerns
Following lively discussions, the Polish government recently gave the official go ahead for the construction of new coal power units in Opole, in southern Poland. Read more…
Health and medical organisations from around the world signed a declaration for the Doha climate negotiations on how to better protect and promote our health. Get involved by signing on as an individual or as an organisation concerned about climate change and health. Sign the Declaration here!
7, World Health Day - More information here
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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The report Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy reframes the current discussions from climate costs to climate benefits, particularly for people’s health and healthcare systems.
In addition to the report, HEAL has also provided:
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