Air quality

Each year, 500,000 Europeans die prematurely from air pollution
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Air pollution has many severe effects on human health and the environment. Each year millions suffer from poor health as a result of bad air quality, both indoors and outdoors. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable.


News on our policy work

World Health Organization and HEAL demand new urgency on air pollution
HEAL hosted a briefing in Brussels with the inspiring Dr. Maria Neira, Director of the Public Health and Environment Department at the WHO, calling for decisive action on climate change and air pollution in Europe for the benefit of the citizens’ health. Read more…

Unmask My City campaign launched in Bosnia
Bosnia and Herzegovina has the second highest mortality rate from air pollution worldwide - HEAL, together with Bosnian doctors and health groups issued an urgent call to improve air quality in Tuzla and Lukavac, joining the global Unmask My City campaign for clean air. Read more...

HEAL letter to EU Enlargement Commissioner raises concerns on climate and air quality in Western Balkans
Health groups urged the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, to raise clean air measures and cutting pollution with Western Balkan leaders, ahead of his visit to the region. Read more…

EU Court of Justice ruling on state of air quality in Poland - a wake up call
The European Court of Justice ruled in February that Poland has infringed EU laws on ambient air quality. HEAL welcomed this wake-up call for the Polish government and called for concrete steps to improve air quality in the country. Read more…

Inspiring Communication on air quality and health
Local authorities play an important role in clean air efforts. A new survey invites decision-makers to share inspiring practices, to feed into a toolkit developed as part of the EU’s urban air quality agenda. Read more...

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Take action!

- Help us spread the word about fossil fuels subsidies and get involved in ‘Choose Health, End Fossil Fuel Subsidies’.

- Follow our brand new HEAL Balkan pages on Facebook and Instagram

Publications

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

- HEAL Balkans March newsletter

- HEAL’s eight demands for clean air in the European region

- HEAL Brussels briefing on climate change and air pollution with WHO
- 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

- 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

- German translation of ‘Lifting the Dark Cloud’ report, April 2017

- Q&A about the LCP BREF, available in English and in Polish, April 2017

- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Position paper. Also available in Czech

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

- HEAL supports urgent call for signatories: Health for 55% of the world’s population

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

- HEAL webinar: Climate change through a health lens in Serbia (Serbian)

- Open letters to EU Commission VP Sefcovic and EU Commissioner for Climate Action Canete

- 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

- 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 Webinar series COP21 – Recordings

Related HEAL/EFA websites

- Know your air for health website: English - German - Italian

- HEAL and EU ESCAPE patient information leaflets: Air quality and heart and lung health



HEAL’s Healthy Energy Position Paper outlines HEAL’s recommendations for a healthy energy future in Europe.

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Europe’s Dark Cloud: How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick analyses for the first time how the harmful dust caused by coal plants travels across borders and the effect this has. It reveals that in 2013 emissions were responsible for over 22,900 premature deaths, tens of thousands of cases of ill-health from heart disease to bronchitis, and up to EUR 62.3 billion in health costs. testimonies

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The Unpaid Health Bill: How coal power plants make us sick presents the first-ever economic assessment of the health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in Europe as well as testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy makers on why they are concerned about coal.

The report develops recommendations for policy-makers and the health community on how to address the unpaid health bill and ensure that it is taken into account in future energy decisions.

For a brief summary of the report see HEAL’s coal and health postcard

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Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Air quality

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 »

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