The upcoming finalisation of the Just Transition Fund will set the financial framework on how European regions will execute the much needed transition to carbon-neutral economies.
Decades of fossil fuel dependency have caused a large burden of disease in European countries – it is now of utmost importance not to exclude the health aspect from the ongoing Just Transition deliberations and negotiations.
Today, the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has released a new briefing entitled Just transition for health protection – Why disease prevention and zero pollution need to be at the heart of energy investments which emphasises the need for a truly healthy and sustainable just transition and recommendations on how to ensure just that:
- Do not provide support for fossil fuel gas financing. Fossil fuel gas is not a bridge technology, and the burning of gas also leads to air pollution and health impacts.
- Link any release of Just Transition Funds to a commitment to set a date for phasing out coal power generation by 2030.
- Apply a zero pollution conditionality. This means excluding investments that do not move us from a polluting to a healthy, sustainable and green economy, nor investments in fossil gas.