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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.


News on our policy work

New WHO air pollution numbers & infographics
Shocking data shows that 9 out of 10 people breathe highly polluted air. Updated estimates show 7 million people’s lives are cut short every year because of outdoor and indoor air pollution. Read more…

HEAL calls on upcoming Austrian presidency for ambition on health and the environment
We wrote to Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in April calling for advancing measures for a safe environment that benefits people’s health and received an answer which shows their commitment. Read more...

Green 10 position paper on post-Brexit EU-UK collaboration in environmental protection
The joint paper calls for continuous collaboration, legal stability, respect of current and future environmental laws as well as maintaining existing funding streams which support cross-border environmental projects. Read more...

HEAL’s contribution to Geert Messiaen (BE Mutuel) book ‘Is Europe Social?’
Génon K. Jensen, HEAL’s Executive Director, evaluates the actions of the European Union to protect public health and the environment in a new book by Geert Messiaen, Secretary General of the Liberal Mutualities: Is Europe Social? Read more...

Take Action!

- Public consultation on fitness check of ambient air quality. Deadline for submitting views is 31 July 2018

- Fill out our survey to feed into a urban air quality toolkit. Deadline 15 June.

- Get involved and sign the Europe Beyond Coal petition for faster action on coal

Publications

- HEAL Toolkit - Coal Power Generation and Health in Three Regions of Turkey: Çanakkale, Izmir and Tekirdag

- HEAL Briefing - Eight demands on clean air for Europe

- HEAL briefing: Boosting health by improving air quality in the Balkans (available in English & Bosnian), December 2017

- Benefit assessment methodologies for the LCP BREF implementation (by Mike Holland, EMRC), January 2018

- Letter on decision to challenge air pollution control measures to Bulgarian ministers, January 2018

- New HEAL report: World governments make citizens pay billions to destroy their own health. Full report available here, July 2017

- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Paper - available in English, Polish and Czech, June 2017

- Quick guide: How to calculate health impacts and costs from coal, HEAL publication, June 2017

- New flyer on the Unmask My City campaign, June 2017

- Guide on the health impacts of fossil fuel subsidies

- Joint publication: The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA

- EPHA leaflet ’The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA (Contribution by HEAL and CIEL)

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- Healthy Energy Initiative showcases HEAL’s work

- Europe’s Dark Cloud : How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick (Joint report by HEAL, CAN E, WWF Europe and Sandbag)

- A briefing on fossil fuel subsidies and health (English - Turkish) and a Q&A overview on fossil fuel subsidies and their consequences on climate and health (English - Turkish)

- The Unpaid Health Bill - How coal power plants in the Western Balkans make us sick

- Youtube video: Health professionals in action for Healthy Energy and Climate, 4 December 2015

- Why health concerns should prompt an ambitious Paris package, Outreach magazine, 7 December 2015

- HEAL in GCHA Report as member organisation: Health and Climate at COP21 and beyond

- Better Regulation Watchdog: Open letter in response to proposal for EU wide ‘regulatory burden’ target

- Let’s HEAL the environment, HEAL contribution to ABCF newsletter

- Coal Atlas by Heinrich Boll Stiftung and Friends of the Earth International includes HEAL figures

- Healthy Energy Initiative - Health Impacts of Energy Choices - A Briefing Paper for the Health Community

- Healthy Energy Initiative - From Extraction to Renewal: A Global Campaign for Healthy Energy

- HEAL leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013


Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

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 »

Members

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 »

Contact us

Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL)
28 Boulevard Charlemagne
B1000 Brussels, Belgium
Phone: +32 2 234 3640
Fax: +32 2 234 3649
E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Elke Zander

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