As the Polish government is about to launch its update on its 2040 Energy Strategy (PEP), part three of HEAL’s ‘Curing Chronic Coal’ series, published today, shows that the earlier Poland phases out coal power, the greater the health benefits and saved health costs to society will be.
A new report by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) now highlights that phasing out coal power in Turkey earlier (by 2030) rather than later (by 2050) would produce tremendous health benefits: It would avoid
- 102,601 premature deaths – almost 20 times more than deaths from traffic accidents in Turkey per year
- 30,975 cases of preterm births
- 67,108 new cases of chronic bronchitis in adults
- 114,683 hospital admissions
- 3,772,502 days with asthma and bronchitis symptoms in asthmatic children
- 27,606,746 lost working days
- 231,333,351 sickness days
- 419,835 cases of bronchitis in children
Importantly, avoiding these health impacts would also help cut costs from air pollution by up to 194 billion EUR or up to 3.1 trillion Turkish Lira.