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Acting Now for Better Health

Acting Now for Better Health

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ACTINGNOWFORBETTERHEALTH
A30%REDUCTIONTARGETFOREUCLIMATEPOLICY
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HealthandEnvironmentAllianceandHealthCareWithoutHarmEurope
 
ACTING
NOW
FORBETTERHEALTH
A30%REDUCTIONTARGETFOREUCLIMATEPOLICY
 
ACTINGNOWFORBETTERHEALTH
A30%REDUCTIONTARGETFOREUCLIMATEPOLICY
Authors
Technicalreport:
MikeHolland,EcometricsResearchandConsulting(EMRC)
Policypositionstatement:
HealthandEnvironmentAllianceandHealthCareWithoutHarmEurope
ResponsibleEditors:
GénonJensen,ExecutiveDirector,HealthandEnvironmentAlliance(HEAL)andAnjaLeetz,ExecutiveDirector,HealthCareWithoutHarmEurope(HCWHE).
LeadAuthors(Writingandresearch):
PendoMaro,SeniorClimateandEnergyAdvisor,HCWH/HEAL;DianaSmith,CommunicationsAdviser,HEAL;andAntoninAcquarone,ClimateIntern,HEAL.
Technicaladvisorygroup:
MikeGillandRobinStott,ClimateandHealthCouncil(CHC);MichaelWilks,ClimateAdviserandformerPresidentoftheStandingCommitteeofEuropeanDoctors(CPME);JonAyres,EuropeanRespiratorySociety(ERS)(initialreviewprocess);HannsMoshammer,InternationalSocietyofDoctorsfortheEnvironment(ISDE),andDaveStone,NaturalEngland.
Editorialadvisorygroup:
JasonAnderson,EuropeanClimateandEnergyPolicy,WWF-EPO;TomasWynsandUlriikkaAarnio,ClimateActionNetworkEurope(CAN-E);StephenBoucherandTimNuthall,EuropeanClimateFoundation(ECF);GillErskineandGénonJensen,HEAL;AnjaLeetzandJoshKarliner,HCWH;andMaryTaylor.
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www.arccomms.co.uk
Printing:
Primerveraquint.Printedon100%postconsumerwastewithvegetablebasedinks.HCWHEuropeandHEALthanktheEuropeanClimateFoundation,theRockefellerBrothersFundandDGEnvironmentoftheEuropeanCommissionfortheirfinancialsupportfortheproductionofthisreportandourclimatework.Theviewsexpressedinthisdocumentdonotnecessarilyreflecttheofficialviewsoftheseinstitutions.
www.env-health.organdhttp://www.noharm.org/europe/PublishedinSeptember2010
ThereportformspartofajointcampaignlaunchedinEuropebyHealthCareWithoutHarm(HCWH)andHealthandEnvironmentAlliance(HEAL)in2009aimedatbringingattentiontothesubstantialbenefitstohealthofreductionsingreenhousegasemissionsassociatedwithclimatechangepolicy.ThecampaignactivitieshaveincludedadvocacyattheEUandinternationallevelandthecreationofthe
PrescriptionforaHealthyPlanet(seepage18-19)
.AttheclimatechangenegotiationsinCopenhageninDecember2009,HEALandHCWHledatop-levelhealthdelegationwhichcalledonleaderstoavertaglobalpublichealthcrisisbytakingurgentactiontocombatclimatechange.ThecurrentstudybuildsonresearchcommissionedbyHEALandpublishedjointlywithClimateActionNetworkEurope(CAN-E)andWWFinSeptember2008:
Theco-benefitstohealthofastrongEUclimatechangepolicy.
HEALhasshownastrongtrackrecordinbringingknowledgeabouttheimpactofclimatechangeonhealthtotheforefrontofthenegotiationsatEUandinternationallevels,engagingpublichealthandhealthprofessionalcommunities,particularlyinEurope.In2007,HEALpublishedabriefingwhichreviewedthelatestscientificevidenceonclimatechangeandhealthfromtheIntergovernmentalPanelonClimateChange(IPCC).Thislaidthebasisforbuildingpolicyrecommendations,focusingonprotectingthemostvulnerablegroupsandconsideringwin-win-winscenariosforpublichealth,adaptationandmitigation,suchaspromotingstricterairqualitystandardsandenergysavingandenergyefficiencypoliciesasameanstoreducinggreenhousegasemissions.ThroughitsworkwiththeWorldHealthOrganizationinfacilitatingWorldHealthDayonclimatechangein2008,HEALhelpedtosharehealthconcernsaboutclimatechangewithmajorstakeholdergroupsaroundtheworld,includingviainternationalorganisationsofmedicalprofessionals,patients,youthandspecialistjournalists.HEALadvocacyworkaimstoimprovetheunderstandingoftheimpactofclimatechange-andclimatechangepolicy-onpeople’shealthandpreventingill-health,particularlythatofchildrenandthosewithrespiratoryproblems.Information,resourcesandpartnershipsareprovidedforgroupssuchastheEuropeanRespiratorySociety,EuropeanLungFederationandEuropeanFederationofAllergyandAirwayDiseasesPatientsAssociationwithmaterialstailoredtotheirneeds.HCWH'sworkextendstoadvocacyeffortsonclimateandhealthatgloballevel.TogetherwiththeWorldHealthOrganization,itlaunchedareportentitled
Healthy Hospitals,HealthyPlanet,HealthyPeople:AddressingClimateChangeinHealthCareSettings.
Thismakesthecaseforhealthsectorleadershipandhighlightshospitalsandclinicsinover30countriesthataremodellingefficiency,resilience,andrenewableenergystrategies.Inthepasttwoyears,HCWHhaslaunchedacomprehensiveenergyandclimatestrategyforthehealthcaresectorandbeguntopositionhealthcareorganisationsandprovidersasaleadingsectorinaddressingtheclimatecrisis.HCWHprovidesthehealthcaresectoraroundtheworldwiththeinformation,resourcesandtoolstoassessandimproveitsenergyandwaterefficiency,transportationpolicy,andotherclimate-relatedpractices,therebymodellingclimatemitigationpoliciesandstrategiesandreducingthehealthsector’sclimatefootprint.OuractivitiesareparticularlystronginEurope,theUnitedStates,withworkdevelopinginAsiaandLatinAmerica.
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HealthandEnvironmentAllianceandHealthCareWithoutHarmEurope
 
ACTINGNOWFORBETTERHEALTH
A30%REDUCTIONTARGETFOREUCLIMATEPOLICY
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HealthandEnvironmentAllianceandHealthCareWithoutHarmEurope
Contents
4Introduction7Policypositionstatement:HealthargumentsthatmakethecasefortheEuropeanUniontomovetoa30%reductiontargetonclimatechange
8FindingsChart1:HealthbenefitsforEU27countriesChart2:EarlyactionbringsmorehealthsavingsChart3:No‘offsetting’isbetterforhealth13Keymessages16Policyrecommendations
18Prescriptionforahealthyplanet20Technicalreport:ThebenefitsforpublichealthinEuropeofmovingtoa30%targetforEUclimatepolicy
20Introduction22Methodology:Refiningandbuildingonpreviousanalyses25Results29Conclusions
30Appendix1-Resultsbycountry
31Belgium32France33Germany34Italy35TheNetherlands36Poland37Spain38UK

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