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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.

News on our policy work

COP21: Tackling climate change means boosting health
The health community welcomes the agreement of COP21 as a solid stepping stone for future action. HEAL worked hard to bring the health concerns to the climate debate, especially to ensure that every policy, investment or intervention to cope with climate change are those with significant health co-benefits. Read more…

MEPs urged to reject new test on real-world driving emissions
Leading transport, health and environmental groups, together with Euro-cities are calling on the European Parliament to reject a new test on emissions from real world driving, as it would allow for greater air pollution. Read more…

HEAL’s Annual General Assembly discusses current policy challenges
Representatives of HEAL’s European and national member organisations gathered in Brussels to discuss upcoming policy and regulatory developments, including the Paris climate conference, environmental protection of cancer and Better Regulation. Read more…

Civil society organisations deplore ‘lost year’ for environmental protection
One year since the entry into office of the current EU Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, HEAL and others are criticising the EU Executive for a paralysis in environmental policymaking. Read more…

Dieselgate - EU action to protect citizen’s health
HEAL joined over 40 public interest groups in an open letter to the Presidents of the European Council, EU Commission and EU Parliament, expressing objections to recent decisions to more than double the emission limits for cars tested on the road. Read more…

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- 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

- Better Regulation Watchdog: Open letter in response to proposal for EU wide ‘regulatory burden’ target

- Let’s HEAL the environment, HEAL contribution to ABCF newsletter

- 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 leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013




- 14 - 17, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary


January 2016

- 1: Start of Dutch Presidency of the European Council

- 21 - 22, Paris, France: International workshop on EDC effects on wildlife and human health

February 2016

- 4: World Cancer Day

- 13: Fossil fuel free day

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

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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Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
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B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Diana Smith

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