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Integrated inter-sector framework to increase the thermal resilience of European workers in the context of global warming

Integrated inter-sector framework to increase the thermal resilience of European workers in the context of global warming

Objective

Environmental heating is a growing challenge for our community and problems are already experienced by millions of Europeans during the summertime and aggravated during heat waves or occupational settings. In addition to the well-known health risks related to severe heat stress, a number of studies have confirmed significant loss of productivity due to hyperthermia. Even if countries adopt the EU proposal for limiting global CO2 emissions, climate change and its associated threat to public health will continue for many decades. Thus, it is crucial to develop strategies to mitigate the detrimental health and societal effects of these environmental changes.

Stakeholders such as policy makers and the private sector usually lack the technical capabilities or facilities to conduct R&D activities at the level of excellence required for such development. European research institutes have the capacity to conduct the R&D necessary to develop solutions. However, they often lack the capacity to transform these solutions into policies and assess their health, economic and social benefits. The HEAT-SHIELD project will create a sustainable inter-sector framework that will promote health as well as productivity for European citizens in the context of global warming. The project will produce a series of state-of-the-art innovative outcomes including: (i) appropriate technical and biophysical research-based solutions to be implemented when the ambient temperature poses a health threat or impairs productivity (ii) a weather-based warning system with online open access service that anticipates the events that may pose a threat to workers’ health; (iii) scenario-specific policies and solutions aimed at health promotion and preventing loss of productivity (iv) implementation of the formulated policies and evaluation of their health, economic and social benefits. Consequently, the HEAT-SHIELD project provides a multi-sector approach to address the serious environmental challenge.

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Address

Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn

Denmark

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 852 243,29

Participants (20)

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UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 356 908,79

PANEPISTIMIO THESSALIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 724 414,71

UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 131 457

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 479 620,63

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT

Switzerland

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 165 616,95

LUNDS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 121 447,50

EIDGENOESSISCHES DEPARTEMENT DES INNERN

Switzerland

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 460 025

INSTITUT JOZEF STEFAN

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 535 675

AZIENDA UNITA' SANITARIA LOCALE TOSCANA CENTRO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 114 239,38

AZIENDA SANITARIA DI FIRENZE

Italy

HELP THE AGED LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 119 375

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 488 533,13

VEILIGHEIDS- EN GEZONDHEIDSREGIO GELDERLAND-MIDDEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 116 420

EDEX - EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE CORPORATION LIMITED

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 112 307,69

ODELO SLOVENIJA, PODJETJE ZA RAZVOJ, PROIZVODNJO IN TRZENJE AVTOMOBILSKIH DELOV DOO

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 120 262,79

CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH ANDINNOVATION (CETRI) LTD

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 622 091,29

SDRAKAS CHRISTOS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 129 092,60

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 127 812,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 668786

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 830 936,25

  • EU contribution

    € 5 777 543,25

Coordinated by:

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark