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Climate change threatens the basic elements of life such as access to food, water, shelter and clean air - which in turn severely impacts human health. Decisions on responding to climate change need to put health at the centre.

News on our policy work

Poland: HEAL co-organises air quality meeting in Zakopane
In May, HEAL together with Client Earth Poland, Polish Green Network (Polska Zielona Sieć) and Made in Zakopane co-organised a public meeting on air quality in Zakopane, Poland. Read more…

Health cost of planned coal power plant in Poland
HEAL provided expertise input regarding the planned coal fired power plant in Stara Wieś, Łęczna, and highlighted the need to comprehensively assess potential health costs. Read more…

Likely health effects of planned coal power plant in Stade
Local groups organised a panel discussion in the northern German town of Stade to discuss plans to build a coal fired power plant. Julia Huscher, HEAL’s Senior Coal and Health Officer, provided expertise on health implications to the 80 participants of the event. Read more…

Annoucement of closure of Austrian coal plant
Following the launch of a study on the health impacts of Austrian coal-fired power plants by environmental NGO Global2000 and HEAL, the closure of one of Austria’s three plants was announced. Read more...


New Brochure on domestic coal combustion in Poland (available in Polish)

Joint position paper on CO2 standards for power plants

GCHA film on climate change and health (IPCC working group II report) available in various languages

HEAL submission on the consultation of the Polish power plant Czeczott (PL)

HEAL/Global 2000 report - Effects of coal power generation in Austria (DE)

HEAL submission to draft environmental and social policy of EBRD

Joint letter from NGOs to Chancellor Merkel on EU 2030 Climate and Energy package

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Endorse the Doha Declaration on Climate, Health and Well-being: Health must be central to climate action

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!



30 June – 1 July, Vilnius, Lithuania: WHO European Environment and Health Ministerial Board (EHMB) - More information via the WHO Europe website


1 July: Italian presidency of the EU Council of Ministers begins

1 - 3 July, Strasbourg, France: First plenary session of the new European Parliament


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


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


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


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

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:

An informative Questions & Answers called: Moving Beyond 20% - How reducing greenhouse gas emissions benefits people’s health in the EU

An essential briefing for policy makers called: The health benefits of greenhouse gas reduction policies.

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Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on climate and energy

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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