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Health Costs of Air and Transport Pollution in European Cities

Launch of new study and online discussion


21 October 2020

10:30 - 12:00 CET



Transport pollution puts a particular burden on cities, damaging the health of all urban dwellers.

Five years after Dieselgate, a new piece of research aims to estimate the social costs of air pollution in 432 cities across Europe.

In the frame of the 2020 European Week of Regions and Cities, European Green Week and the Global Climate Change Week,

join the European Public Health Alliance and Eurocities to discuss the implications of this new research and solutions to ensure #CleanAirHealthyCities


Questions for Discussion

What are the estimated healthcare costs of air and transport pollution in cities?

What measures have cities undertaken to address transport pollution?

What will be the impact of the changes to the regulatory framework for vehicles on cities?

What lessons have been learned from the COVID19 lockdowns to ensure healthier, more active mobility?

How can the EU help cities contribute to a healthy, green recovery? 



Welcome and Introductions

The value added of health civil society.  How can civil society facilitate that dialogue with good practices

Sascha Marschang, Acting Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance 

10:40- 11:00 Health costs of air pollution in European cities and the linkage with transport

What are the estimated healthcare costs of air pollution in cities and more specifically of transport pollution?

Sander de Bruyn, CE Delft


11:00-11:10 - Questions and Answers
11:10-11:40 Panel discussion, reflecting on the study conclusions

Veronica Manfredi, European Commission – DG ENV, Head of Unit (video message)

MEP Bas Eickhout, Vice-Chair, Committee on Environment, Public Health & Food Safety (The Greens/EFA, NL), 

MEP István Újhelyi, Vice-Chair, Committee on Transport & Tourism (S&D, Hungary)

Dimitri Vergne, BEUC, Team Leader Sustainability

Louise Duprez, Sustainable Mobility Project Manager, Bruxelles Environnement, Brussels

Benedek Jávor,  Representative of Budapest

11:40-11:50 Questions and Answers
11:50-12:00 Conclusion and closing remarks

Anne Stauffer, Deputy Director, Health and Environment Alliance

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