INter-sectoral Health Environment Research for InnovaTions

The aim of INHERIT is to change lifestyles and behaviours to support the transition to more sustainable societies. INHERIT was launched in January 2016 and will run until December 2019. 

This is done by identifying promising policies, practices and innovations that contribute to lifestyle and behaviour change to achieve a 'triple-win': improve the environment, health and contribute to greater health equity. The initiatives that INHERIT is exploring fall into the areas of living (green space, energy-efficient housing), moving (active travel) and consuming (in relation to food and food waste). INHERIT will select 12 of these initiatives for further evaluation, and/or adaptation, transfer or upscaling.

RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment 's role

RIVM leads the work on establishing the baseline knowledge base and developing the common analytical framework and will be co-leading in the evaluation of promising practices and interventions. April 19th 2017, the INHERIT Baseline Report was launched. The report investigates the links between behaviour, health, environmental and social resilience. It looks at what can be done to encourage lifestyles, which protect the environment and promote health equity by focusing on the way we live, move, and consume. It is based on a review of scientific literature and framed by the INHERIT model which is presented in the report.

Final Conference 'A Future for All to INHERIT'

Key insights 10 December in Brussels, Belgium:
• How the new European Commission and Parliament will deliver integrated measures for more sustainable, healthier and equitable societies;
• How EU Member States are achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through a whole-of-government approach;
• How municipalities across Europe and beyond are implementing concrete, innovative solutions for sustainable change;
• Whether “growth” can be sustainable, environmentally, socially, and economically.


Learnings and recommendations

In a series of policy briefs, the INHERIT project provides guidance on three critical areas at the heart of sustainable change: integrated governance, behaviour change, and health equity. Each brief draws on learnings from the INHERIT project, including top-line recommendations as well as concrete guidance on how to put these recommendations into practice. The briefs also include on-the-ground examples from around Europe, highlighting lessons learnt and possibilities for scaling-up. The policy briefs are available for download


The project is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by EuroHealthNet,  a European Partnership for Health, Equity and Wellbeing.