On 19 November 2016, the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament (EP ITRE) organises an event for the official launch of the study Unhealthy homes in Europe: Overview, Health Impacts and Costs.
The study demonstrates the impact of energy inefficient homes on health and economy:
- In some of the European countries, more than 30% of the population -in total, nearly 84 million Europeans- live in damp or mouldy dwellings.
- People are 40% more likely to have asthma when living in a damp and mouldy building. 2.2 million Europeans have asthma because of living in such homes.
- Respiratory diseases cause loss of productivity, allergies, disabilities and premature deaths..
- European governments spend 82 billion Euros each year on asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: 42 billion is spent each year on direct cost, such as medicine and care. Furthermore, indirect costs, such as loss of productivity, cost governments 40 billion each year.
The study also show how the Energy Efficiency Package can create health benefits for every EU citizen.
To participate in the event, please respond by 14 November to firstname.lastname@example.org