Climate change is one of the greatest threats humanity faces today. Although science has provided evidence of the risks for three decades, so far the policy response to reduce these risks has been inadequate. In order to catalyse climate action in Europe to protect public health, the CATALYSE project was officially launched at a kick-off meeting on 10-11 October 2022 in Barcelona.
CATALYSE is a five-year project coordinated by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) funded by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe programme, with co-funding from UK Research and Innovation and the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation. CATALYSE has a budget of 10.3 million euros and involves 21 partners from 12 European countries.
The overarching goal of CATALYSE is to provide new knowledge, data, and tools on:
- the relationships between changes in environmental hazards caused by climate change, ecosystems, and human health;
- the health co-benefits of climate action;
- the role of health evidence in decision making;
- the societal implications of climate change for health systems.