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What’s good for climate is good for health and the economy: Message presented to European Parliamentarians

HEAL’s recent findings on health ‘co-benefits’ from a stronger climate action was presented directly to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a public hearing on climate change in Brussels on 28th February 2011.

The European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety heard stakeholders’ and scientific views on "Moving beyond a 20% greenhouse gas reduction target in the EU" , in preparation for a report by Dutch MEP Bas Eickhout (Greens, Netherlands), which draws strongly on our report Acting NOW for better health: A 30% reduction target for EU climate policy.

The hearing focused on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, with one panel dedicated to scientific assessment and carbon market analysis and another dedicated to climate policies from a business perspective and the benefits, including health.

Genon Jensen, HEAL Executive Director, presented on the health co-benefits in the presence of the Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, MEP Jo Leinen (Socialists, Germany) and Chair of the Environment committee, a representative from WWF and others.

The opportunities and challenges of moving beyond 20% greenhouse gas emission reductions, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Rapporteur: Bas Eickhout MEP. Agenda for the meeting.

Read our letter to President Barroso and the EU Commissioners on Monday 28 February 2011: The Roadmap for a low carbon economy must include the 30% GHG target and stress health benefits and healthcare savings



Written on 25 February 2011.

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