7 April 2021, London

Seb Dance, former MEP for London (2014-2020) where he acted as Vice Chair of the European Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety and Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party joins Public Policy Projects (PPP) to lead a new policy series on environment and health.

The series has three workstreams: the health impacts of climate change, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and sustainable agriculture. The projects will convene international stakeholders to draw links between climate change and environmental policymaking and health.

Following a year with healthcare concerns making headlines, these programmes will continue this momentum, refocusing considerations on the links between environmental practice and health outcomes around the world. Seb brings his expertise convening stakeholders at a European level to tackle this challenge in the run up to COP26 in Glasgow, November 2021.

While there is a clear consensus of the danger climate change poses for the planet, there is less attention placed on how climate change is affecting human health. This workstream seeks to tackle this issue head on, casting a spotlight on the links between a changing environment, AMR and health. In the words of the British Medical Association (BMA): “The climate crisis is a health crisis”.

Seb Dance said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Public Policy Projects as Deputy Chair for Environment, Climate and Health, at a time when there is ever more focus on the crossover between climate change and public health policy. I’m very much looking forward to bringing my experience of the European Parliament to add to the excellent work PPP is doing, and to contributing to the success of the Environment and Health Series going forward.”

Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Chair Public Policy Projects said: “As a cross-party, independent global policy institute, Public Policy Projects is delighted to welcome our new Deputy Chair for Environment, Health and Climate Seb Dance. Seb was an outstanding Member of the European Parliament and brought insightful reflection across a range of policy areas. Since the UK’s decision to leave the EU, Public Policy Projects remains closely in touch with our neighbours to explore further opportunities for policy collaboration. Given Seb’s extensive experience, we look forward to his insight being incorporated within our own work.”

Ben Howlett, Managing Director of Public Policy Projects, said: “I am delighted that Seb has joined Public Policy Projects as Deputy Chair for Environment, Climate and Health. As Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Seb gained an impressive reputation for insightful policy interventions. His particular experience of EU affairs is a welcome addition given the European Union’s vital role in combatting climate change and the important role of the environment to a person’s health and wellbeing. We look forward to developing our new Environment and Health Series with him in the months and years ahead.”

Environment and health

Through six thought-leadership features and an extended webinar series, the Environment and Health series seeks to cast spotlight on the links between a changing climate and health. Bringing together international experts from a range of sectors, the series examines key aspects of the link between climate change and health.

See more here: https://publicpolicyprojects.com/series/environment-health-series/


Antimicrobial Resistance

Public Policy Projects (PPP) is developing actions surrounding the globally important issue of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the run up to COP26 in November 2021. Though this State of the Globe report, PPP will focus specifically on the impact of the global agriculture sector on the growing issue of AMR, challenging all stakeholders to devise and implement solutions. The project builds  on the outcomes of a PPP and Hospital Times seminar entitled: “Stemming the tide of AMR in the Covid era,” which hosted Professor Dame Sally Davies, UK Special Envoy to the Department of Health and Social Care on AMR, and seeks to consolidate existing work in this field and propose policy recommendations for government, industry and other interested stakeholders.

A recording of the 2020 seminar can be viewed here.


About Public Policy Projects

Public Policy Projects is a global subscription based public policy institute.  Public Policy Projects is independent and cross-party, bringing together public and private sector leaders, investors, policy makers and commentators with a common interest in the future of public policy. Public Policy Projects ensures that all policies become actionable insights.

“The mission of Public Policy Projects is to learn both from our own experience and from the experience of others and to make contributions to the policy debate which address real world choices on the basis of real-world evidence. Good public policy is what connects political aspiration to hard reality. That is what we aim to provide.” Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, Executive Chair, Public Policy Projects

For more information about Seb Dance or any of the PPP programmes mentioned, please get in touch with operations@publicpolicyprojects.com