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INHERIT Project Results: Solutions Towards the ‘Triple-Win’ – Restore the Environment, Promote Health and Health Equity

For future generations to inherit a sustainable planet, it is crucial that we protect the environment in ways that promote health and reduce inequities for people. The Horizon 2020 research project INHERIT (INter-sectoral Health and Environment Research for InnovaTion) has designed intersectoral initiatives to achieve a triple-win.

The CSCP contributed to the 4-year research project (2016-2019) INHERIT through several multi-stakeholder, co-creation and participatory activities:

  • Reaching the Triple-win: The CSCP created four future scenarios, which show European societies where healthy, sustainable and equitable lifestyles have been adopted. The INHERIT positive scenarios publication and videos give us a glimpse into the future. In a systemic manner, four different types of societies are carved out, in order to show us how could we enable a good life by identifying and harnessing leverage points for systemic and effective change. Thinking about the future, don’t forget to have a look at the future trends pertaining to sustainable and healthy lifestyles, which inspired the four future scenarios.
  • To understand citizens’ perceptions, behavioral drivers and challenges in relation to the scenarios, the CSCP’s INHERIT team also consulted the citizens of five European countries: the Czech Republic, Germany, North Macedonia, Spain and the UK. To find out more and explore further European citizens’ mindsets take a look at the report!
  • From blockchain technology for decentralised energy trading to the transformation of parking lots into green space, the INHERIT project, as a concluding step of the scenario planning exercise, identified 20 innovative policy interventions that can influence lifestyles and lead to behavior change — enabling healthier, more sustainable and equitable societies. The policy interventions can be found at the INHERIT Route Map which draws from a multi-stakeholder process with experts from all over Europe.

The INHERIT project ended in late 2019 and its concluding output was part of a special issue of the “International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health – A more sustainable and healthier future for all: What works?

Inspired by increased digitalisation and its potential to promote more sustainable living patterns, the CSCP contributed to this issue with the scientific article “A Technological Scenario for a Healthier, More Equitable and Sustainable Europe in 2040: Citizen Perceptions and Policy Implication”. The article discusses citizens’ insights towards one of the future scenarios – namely, ‘My life between reality’ – a scenario where technology and technological solutions are the primary driving forces for healthier, more sustainable and equitable European societies.

Are you curious to learn more? Check out the key outcomes booklet, ‘Achieving the triple-win: improving health, equity and the environment’.

The INHERIT project was funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

For further questions, please contact Rosa Strube.