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HEAL to participate in EU Green Week: Cleaner air for all

HEAL will be participating at two events during EU Green Week which focuses on cleaner air for all in line with the 2013 EU Year of Air. Green Week offers the opportunity for debate, exchange of experiences and best practices on this theme.

Despite progress in recent years, air pollution continues to be a top health and environmental worry in Europe, with exceedances of EU air quality standards especially in cities. 2013 will be the year in which the Commission’s current air policy is reviewed, with a focus on finding ways to improve the quality of the air we breathe. Therefore we are pleased to see that this year´s EU Green Week is focusing on ´cleaner air for all´.

HEAL´s Deputy Director Anne Stauffer will be participating at an event on Air quality, energy and climate change: triple challenge, triple opportunity which takes place on 5 June from 11:30 - 13:00 (session 3.4).

This session will focus on the links between the energy – climate – air-quality systems, which provide opportunities for integrated policy development leading to win-win-win situations, while avoiding unwanted trade-offs (e.g. household climate-friendly wood burning with uncontrolled PM emissions) in Europe.

HEAL Executive Committee member Roberta Savli of the European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases (EFA), will be a panellist at an event focused on Planetary boundaries in the context of air quality: empowering actors to act, urgently which takes place on 5 June from 16.30 – 18.00 (session 5.1).

This session will focus on issues such as how to change the current course which is damaging to air quality and by engaging citizens (especially the most vulnerable groups), politicians and the industry in attempts to diminish the health hazards and environmental degradation as a result of air pollution. It will also look at what is needed to empower these actors to act in favour of better air quality and how environmentally ambitious businesses can help to improve air quality and reducing pollution.

More information on Green Week including the agenda and how to register is available here

Last updated on 10 April 2013

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