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Health and environment integrated methodology and toolbox for scenario assessment

Objective

The Commission has for many years supported the development of methods and tools for health impact assessment (HIA) using the impact pathway approach. The main focus has been on outdoor air pollution and health where HIA methods, developed initially through projects such as ExternE and APHEIS, were extended and used to support policy in many applications, notably via cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for the CAFE programme of DG Environment. ExternE and other projects (HEARTS, METHODEX, INTARESE) have been extending HIA methods into wider aspects of environment and health, e.g. noise, with local case study applications.

The aim of HEIMTSA is to support policy for evaluating scenarios at the European level in various industry sectors (transport, agriculture, waste disposal etc.). It will do this by:
(i) Extending HIA methods and tools to tackle a wider range of environmental health issues, including pollution from multiple sources and mixtures of pollutants, and
(ii) Applying the methods and tools to baseline and prospective future scenarios Europe-wide in the various sectors.

The focus will include effects on children and the priority health endpoints as identified in the European Environment and Health Action Plan, but it will not be restricted to them. The actual work will involve methods and tools for scenario development, integrated modelling from emissions to exposure, new dose-response functions, monetary valuation, practical applications, demonstration and training. HEIMTSA will include integrally the evaluation of uncertainty, and close integration across disciplines.

Benefits will include:
(i) New integrated methods and tools
(ii) Applications to policy-relevant Europe-wide scenarios and
(iii) New knowledge about which issues of environment and health really matter, and what gaps need to be filled as priority, to enable fully comprehensive evaluations.

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Coordinator

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

Address

Research Park North, Riccarton
Edinburgh

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Fintan HURLEY (Mr)

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UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING

Norway

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE

United Kingdom

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK - TNO

Netherlands

NILU POLSKA LTD

Poland

METEOROLOGISK INSTITUTT

Norway

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

CESKY HYDROMETEOROLOGICKY USTAV

Czechia

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

METEOROLOGICAL SYNTHESIZING CENTRE - EAST OF THE CO-OPERATIVE PROGRAMME FOR MONITORING AND EVALUATION OF THE LONG-RANGE TRANSMISSION OF AIR POLLUTANTS IN EUROPE

Russia

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

ECOLE NATIONALE DES PONTS ET CHAUSSEES (ENPC)

France

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA V PRAZE

Czechia

SWECO GROENER AS

Norway

SLOVENSKA ZDRAVOTNICKA UNIVERZITA

Slovakia

WESTFALISCHE WILHELMS UNIVERSITAT MUNSTER

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

United Kingdom

KURATORIUM FUER TECHNIK UND BAUWESEN IN DER LANDWIRTSCHAFT.E.V. (KTBL)

Germany

TERVEYDEN JA HYVINVOINNIN LAITOS (NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE)

Finland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36913

  • Start date

    1 February 2007

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 7 138 904

  • EU contribution

    € 4 999 780

Coordinated by:

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom