Ahead of the upcoming climate change negotiations conference (COP16) to be held in Cancun in December this year, Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) and Health Care Without Harm Europe (HCWH Europe) launched today a new report Acting now for better health: A 30% target for EU climate policy aimed at improved understanding of links between climate policy and health - in the EU and different Member States.
Not only does the report demonstrate multiple health co-benefits of strengthened EU climate policy but it also "reframes the current discussions from climate costs to climate benefits, particularly for people’s health and healthcare systems" - a shift that could be reflected in the EU’s position in the discussions in the months to come.
Drawn upon case studies from different EU Member States (eg. Poland, Germany, France, the UK), the key message of the report is that by moving from the EU current 20% to 30% target on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, billions could be saved on public health.
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