On 26th May the European Commission formally adopted a new Communication that analyses the economic and policy implications of an EU move to 30% emission reductions target. Read more here
From 31st may – 11th June the UNFCCC international climate change talks took place in Bonn (Bonn II).
On 11th June the Environment Council met to discuss the Commission’s 30% Communication.
The Council Conclusions took note of the Communication, but directed further discussion on the Communication to its October 2010 meeting. It also welcomed the Commission’s intention to conduct more detailed analysis on the policy options and cost benefit specifically at Member States level.
On 17th -8th June Heads of States and government discussed, among other issues, climate change and the 30% Communication. No formal adoption of the Communication was expected, but like the Environment Council, the Heads of States took note of the Communication and postponed further discussion on climate change to the autumn, before Cancun. HEAL and HCWHE had sent letters to Heads of State prior to the Council meeting with a similar message to the letter to Environment Ministers.
July 1 start of Belgian Presidency of the EU. The Belgian Presidency will lead EU’s discussion on climate change in the autumn and also leading up to Cancun. We will follow the Presidency agenda on this and keep you informed.
HEAL ACTION ON CLIMATE & HEALTH
Prior to the Environment Council meeting,HEAL and Health Care Without Harm Europe sent a letter to EU Environment Ministers urging them to acknowledge the Communication findings on benefits to health and employment. We highlighted the health benefits of an EU move to 30% emission reduction from the HEAL CAN WWF 2008 report .
HEAL and HCWHE had sent letters to Heads of State prior to the Council meeting with a similar message to the letter to Environment Ministers.
On 20th May civil society held a Press Briefing to present their perspective on the European Commission’s 30% Communication; with the aim to debunk industry claims. HEAL’s Climate and Energy Policy Office, Pendo Maro, contributed. Read more…
15th June The Green 10 wrote a letter to Mr Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council prior to the meeting of Heads and State and Government. Stepping up the EU’s climate ambition could be a green way out of Europe’s economic blues
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you working in climate and health? As our work on the health impacts of climate change expands, we would be interested in hearing from you if you are working in this field. We would be particularly interested in hearing from members or other public interest groups in the our key target countries: France, Germany, UK, Poland and Italy. Please do get in touch, email@example.com.
More information and articles on climate and health:
• Health effects of hot weather: from awareness of risk factors to effective health protection. The Lancet. 375 (9717): 856 (2010)
• Heat-related mortality: a review and exploration of heterogeneity J Epidemiol Community Health (2009)-> .
Written on 30 June 2010.
Dr. Pendo Maro, Senior Climate Change and Energy Policy Advisor,
tel: 0032 2 234 3647