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Environment Ministers shy away from a 30% reduction target

HEAL/HWCH Statement following the EU environment Council meeting

“Environment ministers have discussed yesterday a possible framework for an EU emissions reduction target beyond 20% by 2020, but sadly shied away from committing to a move towards a 30% reduction target on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. Now we are relying on MEPs to really make this happen – the plenary vote on 23 June must ensure a binding 30% target to guarantee safe public health in the long term and the proven co-benefits for Europe’s economy,” says Dr Pendo Maro, Senior Policy Advisor, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH E).

HEAL and HCWH Europe are working with its members and medical professionals in many EU countries in support of an EU move to the 30% target. Increasingly, doctors and others are aware that "What is good for climate is good for health”, and for the economy. Last year, HEAL/HCWH published hard hitting evidence to back up this statement. The findings, in our report called “Acting Now for Better Health: a 30% reduction target for EU climate policy”, have been used by many policy makers.


Dr. Pendo Maro, Senior Policy Advisor, Health Care Without Harm Europe; Health and Environment Alliance Tel: + 32 2234 3647, Mobile: +32 495 281 494, Email:

Diana Smith, Communications and Media, Health and Environment Alliance Tel: +33 1 55 25 25 84, Mobile: +33 6 33 04 2943, Email:

Last updated on 7 July 2011

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