Acting NOW for better health

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Member State governments could radically improve public health and save on health care budgets if European Union climate policy were substantially strengthened.

HEAL’s latest report, Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy co-published with Health Care Without Harm, quantifies the health benefits for Europeans of stronger EU action on climate change for both the EU and different Member States. It reframes the current discussions from climate costs to climate benefits, particularly for people’s health and healthcare systems.

Acting now for a better Health - Front CoverWe demonstrate that a 30% emissions reduction target could save public health billions. For the EU as a whole, the anticipated benefits could be as high as €30.5 billion - equivalent to just under 0.2% of EU GDP.

Download the full report (PDF 2.3 MB) Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy.

This report is also available in Polish - Download Polish version here.

You may also download the Information Postcard

More information about the report (in Polish) on the website of the Secretariat of the Climate Coalition for the Polish Ecological Club Mazovian Branch.

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Results by country:

BelgiumFranceGermanyItalyNetherlandsPolandSpainUnited Kingdom

Additional countries figures released December 2010:

AustriaBulgariaCzech RepublicGreeceHungaryPortugalRomaniaSlovakia

About HEAL

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) is a leading European not-for-profit organisation addressing how the environment affects health in the European Union (EU). We demonstrate how policy changes can help protect health and enhance people’s quality of life. Read more »


HEAL has over 70 member organisations, representing health professionals, not-for-profit health insurers, doctors, nurses, cancer and asthma groups, citizens, women’s groups, youth groups, environmental NGOs, scientists and public health institutes. Members include international and Europe-wide organisations, as well as national and local groups. Read more »

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