Coal’s unpaid health bill

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



In March 2016, HEAL released the first-ever estimates of the huge health costs associated with air pollution from coal power plants in the Western Balkans. The report provides an estimate of the total health damage from air pollution released from existing coal power plants in five Western Balkans for the European region, and for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo. The estimated health costs of future coal plants in the Western Balkans are also given.

The Unpaid Health Bill – How coal plants in the Western Balkans make us sick ties in with the coal and health campaign in which HEAL continues to work closely with medical, health and climate advocacy groups, especially in countries where coal is a particular threat to health. Since the start of the campaign, the report has been launched in Romania (December 2013), Poland (June 2013), Germany (April 2013), Turkey (May 2015) and most recently in the Western Balkans (March 2016).



Resources

The Unpaid Health Bill Reports and Factsheets

- Technical report: The Health Impacts of coal-fired power stations in the Western Balkans
English - Serbian

- The Unpaid Health Bill EU factsheet
English - Serbian

- Serbian factsheet of the Unpaid Health Bill
English - Serbian

- Bosnian factsheet of the Unpaid Health Bill
English- Bosnian

- Macedonian factsheet of the Unpaid Health Bill
English - Macedonian

- Montenegro factsheet of the Unpaid Health Bill
English - Montenegrin

- Kosovo factsheet of the Unpaid Health Bill
English - Albanian

Other resources

- Infographics and figures from the Unpaid Health Bill (available in English, Serbian, Albanian, and Macedonian)

- Video by Dr. Mike Holland on the methodology to calculate the health costs of coal power generation (with subtitles in Serbian)

Press Releases

- Press release EU launch of the Unpaid Health Bill – English

- Press release Bosnia and Herzegovina launch of the Unpaid Health Bill EnglishBosnian

- Press release Serbian launch of the Unpaid Health Bill English - Serbian

- Response by the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) to statements made by Minister Antic, Serbian Minister of Energy on HEAL’s report - English - Serbian


HEAL’s European coal and health campaign

In March 2013, HEAL launched the first ‘Unpaid Health Bill – How coal power plants make us sick’, highlighting that the health costs of coal-fired power stations add a financial burden to the European population of up to €42.8 billion a year.

The report includes testimonies from leading health advocates, medical experts and policy makers on why they are concerned about coal, as well as developing 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.

- Download the full report here - EN- DE - POL - RO - TU - Western Balkans - Technical report and EU factsheet - Bosnia
- Download the Executive Summary here - EN - DE - POL - RO - TU
- Download the coal and health postcard here - EN - POL
- Press release EN - FR - ES - IT - RO - DU - DE - POL - TU
- Media coverage updated 2 April 2013 here
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The Unpaid Health Bill marked the beginning of a coal and health campaign in which HEAL continues to work closely with medical, health and climate advocacy groups, especially in countries where coal is a particular threat to health. Since the start of the campaign, the report has been launched in Romania (December 2013), Poland (June 2013), Germany (April 2013), Turkey (May 2015) and most recently in the Western Balkans (March 2016).

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