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Evidence of huge boost to public health from stronger climate policy

Announcement press release, Brussels, 6 September 2010 - A report to be launched next Tuesday, 14 September 2010 analyses the health benefits for Europeans of stronger EU action on climate change, and reframes the current discussions from climate costs to climate benefits, particularly for people’s health and healthcare systems. (1)

Published by Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH E), it quantifies some of the very substantial health and economic benefits of moving to a 30% target on reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

The report provides figures on overall public health benefits in the European Union from a tightening on climate change policy and the first-ever figures on health benefits for individual EU Member States of the 30% target.

The report also demonstrates that the sooner the European Union moves to the higher target, the better for health, health care budgets and productivity.

"This report makes the case and provides new evidence for EU and Member State politicians and policy makers to support the move to a 30% domestic target on greenhouse gas emissions," says Dr Pendo Maro, Senior Climate and Energy Advisor, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) and Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).


The report will be available at and from 01.01 (00.01 GMT) on Tuesday 14 September 2010. A press release will be issued earlier under embargo. Please contact Diana Smith, Communications, Health and Environment Alliance, if you wish to receive a copy.

The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) aims to raise awareness of how environmental protection improves health. It brings together more than 60 organizations working at the European level. Website:

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) is a global coalition of more than 440 organizations in 52 countries working with the health sector to reduce its impact on human health and the environment while advocating for global environmental health.

Last updated on 17 May 2011

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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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