Funded by EU Horizon 2020 and led by EuroHealthNet, INHERIT (Intersectoral Health and Environment Research for Innovation) was about defining effective inter-sectoral policies that promote better health and greater well-being across social gradients by looking at key environmental stressors and related inequalities in the areas of living, moving and consuming. INHERIT aimed to identify and promote linkages that support greater inter-sectoral cooperation in order to address health, climate and environmental issues in a comprehensive and positive scenario-oriented manner for a more sustainable future. INHERIT received funding (5,952,902.50 EUR) from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 667364. INHERIT was launched in January 2016 and ran until December 2019.
INHERIT brought together experts from the health, environment and other sectors, including technology, to investigate how to ensure environmental sustainability and improve health equity and well-being. The goal: to see how we can modify our lifestyles to simultaneously protect the environment and our health.
Experts identified effective inter-sectoral policies, interventions and innovations that encourage individuals and communities across Europe to lead healthier and more environmentally sustainable lifestyles. The research focused on the areas of living (housing, the built environment), moving (active travel) and consuming (food, nutrition, eating habits). It identified promising practices, tested and evaluate pilot activities, rolled-out models of good practice, evaluated them on (cost) effectiveness and supported decision makers in efforts to strengthen well-being and environmental sustainability.
The main resources produced by INHERIT are:
- A baseline review.
- Four future scenarios of what Europe could look like in 2040 if we invest in realising the triple-win.
- A database of nearly 100 promising practices that achieve the so-called ‘triple win’ for health, equity and sustainability.
- A policy roadmap
- An online learning module
All resources are available on inherit.eu.
- Announcing the INHERIT H2020 Project: Improving our health and environments through lifestyle change
- New report shows it’s time to change: adapting behaviours for a sustainable and healthy Europe
- 80 ways to a more sustainable future
- INHERIT Propels More Sustainable Lifestyles In Europe
- #InheritYourFuture Forum sets the stage for a more sustainable Europe
- Environmental, health and social challenges demand intersectoral solutions
- INHERIT final conference on sustainable and healthy living, moving, and consuming – Brussels (2019)
The following institutions were involved in INHERIT:
EuroHealthNet, the European Partnership for improving health, equity and wellbeing
Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
University College London (UCL) Health Equity Institute
Institute of Preventative Medicine Environmental and Occupational Health (PROLEPSIS)
University of Exeter Medical School, European Centre for Environment and Human Health (UNEXE)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management (NTNU)
Riga City Council, Housing, Environment and Welfare Department (RIGA)
Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP)
Swedish Public Health Agency (FoHM)
National Institute of Public Health Macedonia (IJZRM)
Basque Research Centre for Climate Change (BC3)
Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE-IUL)
Univerzita Karlova Pare (CUNI), Environment
University of Alcala (UAH)
Revolve Media (REVOLVE)
Philips Electronics Netherlands (PHILIPS)
Flemish Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (VIGeZ)
Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA)