Electricity

HEAL urges regional leaders to implement Green Agenda for Western Balkans

green agenda western balkans heal sofia

Photo: Tagausbeuter from Pixabay

Published

November 9, 2020

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

November 9, 2020

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

Non-profit organization Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) has urged heads of states of the Western Balkans to adopt and implement the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans in order to prevent ill health and move towards zero pollution.

The HEAL has sent them an open letter a day before the next Berlin process meeting scheduled for November 10 in Sofia.

The European Commission presented the guidelines for implementing the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans last month and announced that the Green Agenda, envisaged by the European Green Deal, is expected to be endorsed by the regional leaders at a summit in Sofia.

Greening the Western Balkans must be based on four principles

In a letter to leaders of the Western Balkan countries, HEAL said that from a health perspective, greening the Western Balkans and addressing the unacceptably high pollution in the region would bring many benefits, with reduced rates of cancer, heart and lung diseases, and improvement for children’s healthy development.

The countries in the region should adopt binding dates to phase out coal power generation and end public financing for all fossil fuels

The HEAL has called leaders of the region to base the greening process on the following principles and actions: a zero pollution conditionality for all measures and financing, commitment to update air quality standards in line with the World Health Organization recommendations, binding date to phase out coal power generation, and ending of the public financing for all fossil fuels.

Coal pollution from the region’s 16 outdated power plants is responsible for an estimated 3,900 premature deaths

A recent HEAL analysis demonstrated that coal pollution from the region’s sixteen outdated power plants is responsible for an estimated 3,900 premature deaths, 8,500 cases of bronchitis in children, and other chronic illnesses annually, leading to health costs of up to EUR 11.5 billion, the letter reads.

The organization also asked for the creation of the national inter-ministerial working groups of environment, health, and climate ministries to facilitate the implementation of the Green Agenda.

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment
Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

Slovenia prepares another capital injection for state-owned utility HSE

Slovenia prepares another capital injection for state-owned utility HSE

08 December 2022 - Slovenia is boosting the capital of its struggling power utility Holding Slovenske elektrarne with EUR 492 million

UK approves first coal mining project in more than three decades

UK approves first underground coal mining project in more than three decades

08 December 2022 - Environmentalists may turn to court to overturn the government's approval for the opening of a coking coal mine in northwest England

MEP Kokkalis EU penalize coal power Western Balkans CBAM

MEP Kokkalis: EU shouldn’t penalize coal power in Western Balkans while producing coal-fired electricity itself

06 December 2022 - Many EU member states are prioritizing energy security over decarbonization and reviving retired coal power plants, MEP Petros Kokkalis said

EU Energy Community support Serbia energy transition Várhelyi

EU, Energy Community extend support to Serbia in its energy transition

02 December 2022 - Minister of Mining and Energy Dubravka Đedović met with top officials from the European Union and Energy Community Secretariat