Therefore, the Belchatow closure announcement is a milestone for better health protection for the people in Poland and beyond, and shows that there is a growing recognition that coal cannot have a place in a healthy energy future for Poland, or elsewhere. At the same time, there’s no reason for leaning back, as we have not reached our goal of a coal phase out in the EU by 2030 yet - a date that is scientifically proven to be needed to slow down the climate crisis.
Monday, 7 June 2021, 15.00 – 16.30 CEST
The transformation of coal and carbon-intensive regions has gained in policy importance at national and EU level, as part of considerations of tackling climate change. This so-called Just Transition is especially important for Poland, where the majority of electricity is still generated by coal combustion, and a significant number of people are employed in the coal sector.
Poland’s coal addiction comes with a huge unpaid health bill, which is not considered: Polish coal plants cause up to EUR 7.5 billion in health costs, including lost working days, hospitalizations and premature deaths due to pollution. In addition, carbon dioxide emissions are driving climate change, the consequences of which will harm people even more. The World Health Organization considers climate change the greatest threat to public health in the 21st century.
In order to highlight health considerations in Just Transition, HEAL has recently published a briefing on Just Transition in Poland. The briefing underlines how important it is to involve representatives of the health sector in the process of discussing the transformation of coal regions, and why health protection should guide investments into Just Transition.
You’re warmly invited to join the conversation with esteemed experts on why Just Transition should be a topic for the health sector and what kind of health activities are possible in Poland and beyond, to ensure that public money is invested fairly and for better health.
- Alina Pogoda, Polish Green Network;
- Denitsa Ivanova, Association Air For Health (Bulgaria);
- Weronika Michalak, HEAL Poland;
- Tadeusz Jędrzejczyk, MD, PhD, Marshal’s Office of the Pomeranian Voivodeship;
- Patryk Białas, Bomiasto (TBC).
The webinar is chaired by Anne Stauffer, HEAL.
Simultaneous Polish-English translation will be provided during the event.
Register here: LINK