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External health cost of coal power plants presented at conference in Lubin, Poland

HEAL’s coal and health adviser in Poland recently participated at a conference in Lubin focusing his presentation on the external health costs of coal power plants in Poland.

The conference organised by Lubin Muncipality and the NGO Eko Unia was opened by the Major of Lubin Ms. Irena Rogowska and the President of the national coalition called ‘Developing yes – mining NO’. There were a series of presentations from University professors, NGOs and from a German doctor Dr. MD Irmgard Emmrich who has been working for many years in a hospital in the town of Guben in the German state of Brandenburg. He gave the perspective from a doctor on the impact of emissions from coal power plants on health.

HEALer Łukasz Adamkiewicz focused his presentation on the transboundary economic costs of health caused by coal power plant emissions in Europe. Coal power plants are causing ill-health in Europeans valued at up to 43 billion euros each year and in Poland health costs are the highest in Europe alone are estimated at €8.2B a year.

The presentations were followed by an interesting discussion, with about 80 people present at the conference. The recent Unpaid Health Bill report and postcard now available in Polish were well distributed with many given to local authorities to support opposition of the development of open cast coal mines in Poland.

More information on The Unpaid Health Bill here

Download the full report here - EN- DE - POL - RO
Download the Executive Summary here - EN - DE - POL - RO
Download the coal and health postcard here - EN - POL

Originally posted on 17 December 2013

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