Health groups call on the leaders of the Western Balkan countries to harmonize national air quality standards with the World Health Organization Global air quality guidelines. Health experts should be actively involved in these decision-making processes to ensure the timely integration of public health measures into environmental policies. Compliance with WHO recommendations brings multiple benefits – reduced incidence of chronic diseases and premature deaths, reduced overall health costs and, most importantly, better health and higher productivity of people.
The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and CEE Bankwatch invite you to a press briefing on the latest analysis of the health and economic costs to Europe caused by air pollution from coal power plants in the Western Balkans.
The briefing will take place at the HEAL offices, Blvd Charlemagne 28, Brussels, on Tuesday 19 February 2019, 9-10.00 am.
The region’s 16 outdated coal power plants threaten public health by producing enormous amounts of air pollution, impacting people in the region, the European Union and beyond. The latest analysis, based on a methodology used by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission shows that people and health systems in the EU28 bear the brunt of inefficient power generation in the Western Balkans. Directly neighbouring countries which often are already struggling to stick to EU air quality standards are especially affected.
The press briefing will be a chance to get detailed insights into the report’s findings and to discuss policy recommendations with authors as well as with high-level speakers including from the European Commission and the Energy Community Secretariat. In addition, it will be an occasion to learn about the first ever ranking of the top ten most polluting coal power plants in the European region, with Western Balkan power plants leading the list.
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Janez Kopač, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat
Davor Percan, Head of Unit, DG Environment
Anne-Charlotte Bournoville, Head of Unit, DG Energy
Anne Stauffer, Director for Strategy and Campaigns, Health and Environment Alliance, HEAL
Vlatka Matkovic Puljic, Senior Health and Energy Officer, HEAL, lead author of the report
Elke Zander, Communications and Media Coordinator at HEAL: firstname.lastname@example.org or call +32 (0)2 234 36 47
Stevan Vujasinović, Southeast Europe Communications Coordinator at CAN Europe, email@example.com or call +381 (0)63 390 218