READ OUR 2017 REPORT
Hidden price tags– How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health
In July 2017, HEAL has launched the report ‘Hidden Price Tags: How ending fossil fuel subsidies would benefit our health’ providing the first-ever comparison of fossil fuel subsidies and the costs to health associated with air pollution from fossil fuels.
Burning fossil fuels causes deadly air pollution and climate change. Yet virtually all governments spend huge amounts of public money – their citizens’ taxes – on supporting the oil, gas and coal industry in fossil fuel energy production. Despite nearly a decade-old commitment to end such financial support, the report reveals that on average, in G20 countries, the health costs associated with fossil fuels, are over six times higher than the subsidies: 2,758 billion USD vs 444 billion USD (2,600 billion Euro vs 416 billion Euro).
• Full report –Hidden price tags
• Info-graphics, visuals, quote cards, sample tweets are here
• Q & A about fossil fuel subsidies and their meaning for health
• Additional sources here
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You can also take a look at some of the publications below to learn about the great work some of our colleagues and partners have been doing around fossil fuel subsidies and/or health and fossil fuels.
WHY THIS LETTER?
In this letter, the Health and Environment Alliance together with 17 member and partner organisations representing thousands of doctors and health professionals, welcomes the first G20 Health Ministers’ meeting but urges ministers in an open letter to recognise the threat to health from climate change and realise that within the G20 there are multiple opportunities to act for the climate and therefore for health. For example when setting a deadline to the phase out of harmful fossil fuel subsidies which could reduce worldwide premature deaths from air pollution by at least 50% and free up billions in funds that could be used for public health promoting purposes.