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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

New HEAL report: Hidden Price Tags - How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health
This new HEAL report shows how fossil fuel subsidies support an industry that causes premature deaths, ill-health and huge health costs worldwide. Read more…

New HEAL publication: HEAL’s Healthy Energy Paper
Check out HEAL’s brand new Healthy Energy Paper in English, Polish and Czech, which was launched during the Sixth WHO Environment and Health Conference in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Read more…

How do we calculate health impacts and costs from coal? Here’s a handy visual guide!
HEAL has produced a quick guide to illustrate the methodology used to calculate what air pollution from coal power plants produces in costs to our health. Read more…

HEAL attends Civil20 Summit 2017 in Hamburg, Germany, 18 – 19 June
This month HEAL joined a Civil20 (C20) summit in Hamburg, which brought together over 300 civil society organisations to advise G20 governments on how to achieve a fossil-free future. Read more…

The winners of the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards
The winners of the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards have been revealed, with Poland as the big “winner”! The awards, for which HEAL helped judge the unhealthiest contestants, were organised to draw attention to the ways governments subsidize fossil fuels across Europe. Read more…

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Publications

- Hidden Price Tags: How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health

- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Paper - available in English, Polish and Czech, June 2017

- Quick guide: How to calculate health impacts and costs from coal, HEAL publication, June 2017

- New flyer on the Unmask My City campaign, June 2017

- Guide on the health impacts of fossil fuel subsidies

- German translation of ‘Lifting the Dark Cloud’ report, April 2017

- Q&A about the LCP BREF, available in English and in Polish, April 2017

- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Position paper. Also available in Czech.
- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- HEAL supports urgent call for signatories: Health for 55% of the world’s population

- A briefing on fossil fuel subsidies and health (English - Turkish) and a Q&A overview on fossil fuel subsidies and their consequences on climate and health (English - Turkish)

- Europe’s Dark Cloud : How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick (Joint report by HEAL, CAN E, WWF Europe and Sandbag)

- HEAL webinar: Climate change through a health lens in Serbia (Serbian)

- Open letters to EU Commission VP Sefcovic and EU Commissioner for Climate Action Canete

- Youtube video: Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate, 4 December 2015

- Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package, Outreach magazine, 7 December 2015

- HEAL in GCHA Report as member organisation: Health and Climate at COP21 and beyond

- CHE call on climate change and health – Recordings
- Sign on to WHO Call to Action

- Coal Atlas by Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Friends of the Earth International includes HEAL figures

- Healthy Energy Initiative - Health Impacts of Energy Choices - A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

- Healthy Energy Initiative - From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

- HEAL Webinar series COP21 – Recordings


Take Action!

- Help us spread the word about fossil fuels subsidies and get involved in ‘Choose Health, End Fossil Fuel Subsidies’.

- Nominate and vote on your subsidy in the European Fossil Fuel Subsidies Awards




Hidden Price Tags: How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health shows how fossil fuel subsidies support an industry that causes premature deaths, ill-health and huge health costs worldwide.

More information here









Quick guide: how to calculate health impacts and costs from coal is a handy visual guide that illustrates the methodology that we use to calculate what air pollution from coal power plants produces in costs to our health.

More information here









HEAL’s Healthy Energy Position Paper outlines HEAL’s recommendations for a healthy energy future in Europe.

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Lifting Europe’s Dark Cloud: How cutting coal saves lives shows how improving environmental performance at European coal power stations could save 20,000 lives every year. By setting and enforcing pollution limits in line with the best industry-recognised, tried-and-tested techniques, the annual number of premature deaths caused by burning coal could be reduced from 22,900 to 2,600 deaths.

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Europe’s Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick analyses for the first time how the harmful dust caused by coal plants travels across borders and the effect this has. It reveals that in 2013 emissions were responsible for over 22,900 premature deaths, tens of thousands of cases of ill-health from heart disease to bronchitis, and up to EUR 62.3 billion in health costs.

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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:

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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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 »

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