NRC on Environment and health

Profile 2018 - 2020

Rationale

This NRC will address the many dimensions of SA 2.2 of direct relevance to interactions with Eionet.  The work will build on substantial progress made with Eionet up to 2018  in reflecting on available approaches for the integrated assessment of environment, health and well-being issues.  Central to this is the emphasis on the environment as a dimension of health and well-being in priority objective 3 of the 7th EAP, as well as in the 2017 United National Environment Assembly resolution on environment and health.  The impacts of pollution on health and well-being were recently highlighted in the 2017 Lancet Commission report[1] on environment and health. Key dimensions of the work include exposure to air, water and soil pollution, as well as exposure to environmental noise. Regarding chemical exposure, the NRC will explore the use of human biomonitoring data as evidence of human exposure, and the implications of the shift towards a Circular Economy for exposure to chemicals via secondary materials. Work will also explore human exposure to multiple environmental stressors, and how exposure varies across EEA members and between urban and rural environments, as well as exploring the influence of socio-economic parameters. EEA will also document the benefits that the environment delivers to health and well-being, such as via access to green and blue space. This NRC should have links to several other NRCs, including NRCs on air quality and on noise, as well as linking to work on long-term transitions (2.3)

Expertise

    • EU policies on environmental risks
    • WHO activities
    • Indicator development
    • Reporting on health and environment at national and international level
    • The role of the environment in human well-being and health
    • Socio-economic status as a mediator in human exposure to environmental risks and benefits
    • Methodological approaches and tools for integrated environment and health assessments
    • Preventive and precautionary measures for emerging issues 

    Policy processes to be supported

    • The 7th EAP to 2020 ‘Living well within the limits of our planet’(focus on Priority Objective 3)
    • Europe 2020 strategy
    • Resource Efficiency Roadmap
    • Proposal for a Health for Growth Programme, the third multi-annual programme of EU action in the field of health, 2014-2020
    • Renewed EU Sustainable Development Strategy
    • REACH and other EU and international chemical policies
    • WHO Europe Health and Environment process, in particular the Declaration of the Ministerial Conference, Ostrava, 2017 and the ‘Health 2020’ European policy framework and strategy

    Expected input and contributions from the NRC in 2018 - 2020

    • Review of, and comments on, EEA assessments such as SOER and other products
    • Contribution to EEA’s input to the European Environment and Health Process
    • Contributing to the framing of and information gathering for the 2019 EEA report on well-being, health and environment
    • Consultation on cross-cutting issues that impact upon health
    • Links with national actors on Health and Environment
    • Strengthen the involvement of relevant stakeholders through partnerships

    Relevant organisations and networks

    • DG ENV
    • DG SANCO
    • DG Eurostat
    • DG JRC
    • OECD
    • WHO
    • UNEP
    • other EU agencies (e.g. ECDC, EFSA, ECHA)
    • Relevant research consortia and professional associations, in particular HBM4EU
    • Thematic NGOs