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HEAL meets public health stakeholders and civil society in Poland

From 26 – 30 August HEAL met with public health stakeholders in Warsaw as well as with energy policy experts from Polish civil society. The visit marked the start of a new HEAL project in Poland to highlight the links between air pollution, energy and people’s health.

The Polish government is currently revising its long term energy strategy. With almost 90% of electricity produced from coal and lignite the Polish energy system is unique in Europe. And it comes with a price: HEAL’s analysis for the report The Unpaid Health Bill showed that coal pollution from Polish power plants might cause up to 8,2 billion Euro health costs (34 billion PLN) per year.

HEAL is currently starting a project in Poland to raise awareness about the health implication of coal as an energy choice among the Polish medical and public health communities. During the recent visit, HEAL met with health stakeholders in Warsaw, including with the WHO country office, the Medical Association Naczelna Izba Lekarska and the Institute of Public Health. HEAL will continue to engage with these organisations in upcoming activities.

Furthermore, HEAL met with energy experts from the Polish civil society to gain insights in current energy policy developments and exchange about HEAL’s future activities. Recently, the planned construction of two new lignite fired blocks in Opole attracted criticism from Members of the European Parliament.

HEAL meets with the WHO country office

Parliament report on the fact finding mission to Lower Silesia, Poland, 29 - 31 May 2013

The Petitions Committee of the Parliament published a draft report on a fact finding mission to the Legnica/Gubin lignite basin where an exploration of new surface mines and the construction of at least one new power plant is foreseen but had been met with a referendum from the local communities. The non-consideration of the results of this referendum by the central government was highlighted in the draft report of the Committee.

With its new project HEAL aims to highlight that the health implications of energy choices need to be taken into account in new policies in order to prevent additional ill-health and chronic disease.

Link to the draft Committee report here

Last updated on 8 October 2013

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