Sustainability and climate change

Climate change is posing an unprecedented challenge to the health and wellbeing of workers and the public around the world. We understand the realities, assesses the health risks of climate change, and provide sustainable solutions in the workplace, at home, and in our cities.

Climate change is likely to aggravate health risks by increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather-related events, such as heatwaves, floods, droughts, and forest fires, contributing to air pollution episodes, and altering exposure to UV radiation, chemicals, and biological hazards.

We believe that there is an opportunity to realise a wide range of health benefits through climate change mitigation and adaptation measures and by promoting sustainable development more broadly. These health benefits can result from low carbon policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from many sectors, for example by improving energy efficiency in buildings, providing sustainable transport solutions, increasing the share of renewable energy generation, and increasing and improving urban green spaces.  

Our scientists asses the health risks of climate change and provide sustainable solutions in the workplace, at home, and in our cities more broadly.

We develop systems-based, interdisciplinary methods involving environmental scientists, occupational hygienists, social scientists, epidemiologists, toxicologists, and data and information scientists to elucidate pathways to better health and wellbeing in the occupational, domestic, and urban environment.

We aim to further the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which focus international attention on interventions that have the potential to provide multiple co-benefits for health, the environment, and the economy, particularly in the workplace and urban settings.

We coordinate the Healthy-Polis International Consortium for Urban Environmental Health and Sustainability (www.healthy-polis.org) and have been involved in a number of urban sustainability research projects such as URGENCHE (Urban Reduction of GHG Emissions in China and Europe)

Our scientists have been involved in assessments of temperature-related effects on human health. They also had involvement in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment and National Adaptation Plan.

 

Key Projects in this area 

  • HEIMTSA
  • CITI-SENSE
  • URGENCHE

Sponsors we have worked for 

  • European Commission

Rising temperatures could result in increased exposure to heat for many workers, causing discomfort, dehydration, and heat strokes, as well as posing indirect risks to their mental health and alertness. Higher temperatures will exacerbate health risks associated with the inhalation of volatile substances and pollen.

Climate change is also altering the spatial distribution of vectors of infectious diseases (such as mosquitoes and ticks), posing risks to people living or working in natural environments or in contact with animals.

On top of that urban areas are facing a wide range of health challenges related to environmental change, including contamination of air, water and soil. For example, unsustainable transport, with associated air pollution, noise and long commuting times affect public health and productivity across the world.

As one of the longest-established independent occupational and environmental health research institutes in the world, our scientists have been developing research to identify mitigate and propose adaption measures that will have a genuine impact on the threats that climate change presents today and in the future.
  • IOMworld Posted: 2 hours ago
    With millions of us working from home we need to understand the impacts on our wellbeing. Spare 5-10 mins?… https://t.co/n5mTr1KsYD
  • IOMworld Posted: yesterday
    Do you wear a facemask at work or know someone who does? More people are choosing to protect themselves from COVID-… https://t.co/bZyLJFB64D
  • IOMworld Posted: 2 days ago
    IOM played a pivotal role in standardising the different techniques to measure asbestos and other fibres in the air… https://t.co/HsxFEnhjGq
  • IOMworld Posted: 2 days ago
    Personal protection is in the news a lot at the moment. Want to know how effective facemasks are? Luckily we have o… https://t.co/T00AOJNu6d
  • IOMworld Posted: 3 days ago
    Want expert advice about how to stay physically and mentally fit whilst working from home? @CIEHF has launched a po… https://t.co/3uxSOxXMoN
  • IOMworld Posted: 4 days ago
    Sean Semple and IOM's John Cherrie discuss the role occupational hygienists and research has in the fight against C… https://t.co/YaoGfAMohj
  • IOMworld Posted: 7 days ago
    Following our CEO message this week our 'Helping you navigate Coronavirus (COVID-19)' web page is live. You can fin… https://t.co/EC3cGYZ7DV
  • IOMworld Posted: 9 days ago
    RT @IOMworld: Between 28,000 and 36,000 premature deaths in the UK annually are due to exposure to air pollution. Learn more about the stud…
  • IOMworld Posted: 12 days ago
    RT @JohnCherrie: Our research on #respirator effectiveness is very relevant to protection of healthcare workers against #Covid-19. FFP2 /N9…
  • IOMworld Posted: 16 days ago
    RT @IOMworld: Working with the WHO, we helped create a standardised method for the measurement of asbestos fibres in the air. #IOM50 Find…
  • Contact Us

If you would like to contact us, please use the attached form and we will get back to you. Alternatively, call or write to us at our Head Office in Edinburgh or one of our regional offices.

Our office hours are: 

Monday to Friday - 8.00am to 5.15pm

Our head office numbers is +44 (0)131 449 8000

Email: info@iom-world.org