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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

EU’s 30 most dirty coal polluters revealed

A new joint report by CAN Europe, WWF, EEB, HEAL and Klima Allianz Germany reveals the top 30 CO2-polluting coal power plants in the EU and how these emissions are undermining climate efforts and harming public health. Read more…

Joint letter to Japanese coal power plant investor in Poland

HEAL in Poland, together with 16 environmental and health Polish NGOs, have signed a joint letter to the potential investor (Mitsui & Co) of the Czeczott coal power plant in southern Poland, to reconsider its involvement in the project. Read more…


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)

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

Take Action!

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!



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

21, New York, USA: People’s Climate March - HEAL participating. More information available here

23, New York, USA: UN Climate Summit - HEAL participating. More information available here

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

26: World Environment Health Day


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

19: Global frackdown day

22: Global day of action against coal


10 - 14, 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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