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Re: Plenary Vote on the “Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage”

June 15th 2011 To: Members of the European Parliament

Concerning: Plenary Vote on the “Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage”

Vote for better health: a 30% greenhouse gas reduction target for the EU

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

During the forthcoming plenary vote on 23 June you will vote on the report “Analysis of options to move beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions and assessing the risk of carbon leakage.”

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe and Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) urge you to vote in favour of an overall EU target of 30% emission reductions by 2020, for the benefits of public health in the EU.

We very much welcome the recent vote in the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee in favour of a 30% EU emissions reduction target by 2020, which is in line with Europe’s anticipated long term outlook towards a low-carbon economy by 2050. Such a move would bring substantial health benefits and healthcare savings for Europe, as well as other positive impacts related to sustainable development and green jobs creation.

We therefore call on you to strengthen and continue your support of the overall 30% target, as has been Parliament’s position in the past.

Research by both Health & Environment Alliance (HEAL) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe concludes that meeting the 30% GHG target would bring health benefits of up to €30.5 billion every year by 2020 and also save up to 140,385 life-years that would otherwise be lost due to premature death each year .

We look forward to working with you to ensure that health becomes a cornerstone of EU and international climate change policy.

Sincerely,

Genon Jensen _Executive Director _Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) Anja Leetz _Executive Director _Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH Europe)

Last updated on 21 June 2011

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