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Many diseases and conditions are linked to contaminants in our environments. The science on the health impacts of environmental pollution is growing. This environmental burden of disease could be prevented or limited by stronger policy action.

News on our policy work

Sixth meeting of the European Environment and Health Task Force (EHTF)
HEAL participated in the European Environment and Health Task meeting in Vienna, where negotiations began on the draft Declaration and annex for the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health to be held in Ostava, Czech Republic 13-15 June 2017. Read more…

HEAL participates in European Cities in the 21st century - Utrecht
HEAL Deputy Director Roberta Savli gave a short presentation on HEAL and its active role in the European environment and health process at the conference “Environment and Health for European Cities in the 21st century: making a difference”. Read more…

EU Human Bio-Monitoring initiative launched
The “European Human Biomonitoring Initiative" (HBM4EU) was launched at a conference and stakeholder meeting in Brussels on 8-9 December 2016. HEAL was present both days and gave a presentation on “Human biomonitoring to inform and empower citizens” at the stakeholder meeting. Read more…

HEAL president shares the European NGO experience in Korea
HEAL president, Peter van den Hazel, was the keynote speaker at South Korea’s 2016 International symposium on environmental health, on 7-8 December 2016 in Seoul. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Environment with the objective of moving ahead the country’s agenda in environment and health. HEAL was invited to present due to our long-standing and unique involvement in the European environment and health process and policy making. Read more…

Written Declaration on Chronic Respiratory Diseases
HEAL joins a coalition of European chronic respiratory patients, doctors, public health advocates and health and environmental organisations to ask MEPs to take action on chronic respiratory diseases. HEAL welcomes this declaration which includes environmental aspects as a way to increase prevention and protect health. Read more…

Take Action!

- Clearing the air: Support Client Earth’s Europe-wide campaign on air pollution

- Join Our Climate our Health

- Sign on to the WHO Call to Action


- HEAL’s Healthy Energy Position Paper

- EPHA leaflet ’The Unhealthy Side Effects of CETA (Contribution by HEAL and CIEL)

- HEAL Activity Report 2015

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

- Healthy Energy Initiative showcases HEAL’s work

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

- A briefing on fossil fuel subsidies and health (English - Turkish) and a Q&A overview on fossil fuel subsidies and their consequences on climate and health (English - Turkish)

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

- 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

- HEAL in GCHA Report as member organisation: Health and Climate at COP21 and beyond

- Better Regulation Watchdog: Open letter in response to proposal for EU wide ‘regulatory burden’ target

- Let’s HEAL the environment, HEAL contribution to ABCF newsletter

- 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 leaflet in Turkish
- HEAL leaflet updated in German and Polish
- HEAL in Poland website www.healpolska.pl
- HEAL Annual Review 2013




- 12 - 15, Strasbourg, France: EP Plenary

- 14: CHE call: Acetaminophen and Phthalates: Anti-androgenic Action and Altered Development



- 17 - 18, Brussels, Belgium: International workshop related to the EU Commission study on ’The cumulative health and environment benefits of chemicals legislation’

Learn more about HEAL’s views and policy work on Environment and Health

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 »


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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Phone: +32 2 234 3640
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E-mail: info@env-health.org
Press: Diana Smith

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