Updates from the Environment and Health Committee

The ERS Environment and Health Committee are continually working towards the objectives of the policy and activities, to advocate for environmental health, to promote clean air and protect human health. All activities are recorded, see the latest updates.

Clean air in Europe: no delay, no exemptions, no more pollution – an ERS/ELF position statement

31 October, 2023

In a new position statement, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Lung Foundation (ELF) have urged EU environment ministers to prioritise health and follow the science on health effects of air pollution, as the EU Environment Council prepares to adopt its position on the revision of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive (AAQD).

Read the full statement.

EU Ambient Air Quality Directive: ERS and partners call for clean air to prevent disease and save lives

19 October, 2023

The European Respiratory Society (ERS) and several other health-focused organisations have signed a joint letter to EU environment ministers calling for clean air to prevent disease and save lives, ahead of the EU Environment Council vote on the revision of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directive (AAQD).

Read the letter in full.

ERS statement on results of the European Parliament vote on revision of the Ambient Air Quality Directive

13 September, 2023

The vote by the European Parliament to strengthen the legally binding limit values for air quality is an important step in the right direction toward clean air for all, even though the full alignment with World Health Organization was moved from 2030 to 2035. As we prepare for the negotiations with the Council, this is great news for all European citizens, especially the millions who live with lung conditions such as asthma and COPD.

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Joint ECO/ERS call for cleaner air to prevent cancer

12 September, 2023

The European Cancer Organisation (ECO) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) strongly support the text as voted by Environment Committee (Lopez Report) in June 2023, and urge MEPs to vote in favour of the Lopez Report. This is a unique opportunity to prevent cancer in line with Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan.

Read the full statement. 

ERS calls for wide support of climate change mitigation action

4 September, 2023

In a new position statement, the European Respiratory Society (ERS) has outlined climate change occurrences which cause clear and major threats to respiratory patients worldwide, and has called for health to be central to the development of climate change mitigation strategies and air pollution reduction policies.

ERS urges support from the professional respiratory community to advocate for the protection of our planet and for the health of people that live and depend on it.

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Joint letter calls for more ambitious actions towards healthy air in Europe

On 16 December the European Respiratory society (ERS) together with the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) shared a joint letter urging the European Union to align the newly proposed limit values with the WHO 2021 Air Quality Guidelines by 2030. Among other things, the organisations call for limit values of 5 and 10 µg/m3 for annual PM2.5 and NO(respectively) and to add a limit value for the long-term ozone concentration.

Read the letter in full.

Need for Updated Health Information in the Impact Assessment to inform the revision of the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives

On 9 March, 2022, members of this group, along with members of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, released a statement calling for the EU Ambient Air Quality Directives to be revised in light of updates to the health information in the impact assessment.

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A proposal for sensitivity analyses of the health impacts of PM2.5 and NO2 in Europe

To estimate the potential benefit of air pollutant reductions adequately, health impact assessment (HIA) and cost-benefit analyses (CBA) need to include the latest and most relevant information on the relationships between air pollutants and health outcomes. Read this ERS and ISEE recommendation for inclusion of sensitivity analyses in the HIA and CBA.

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