Mar 2018 – Dec 2022
Clean Air Fund
Multiple countries – Global
To scale up investment to tackle air pollution globally, improve public health, and to deliver climate outcomes
$20,000,000 Multi-Year Grant Value
$1,000,000 evaluation budget
Clean Air Fund
This grant supports the establishment of the Clean Air Fund: a philanthropic initiative to tackle air pollution, accelerate decarbonisation and improve human health. This new institution will deploy philanthropic capital to a variety of interventions to reduce air pollution – including monitoring the state of the air, developing policies for clean energy and transport, mobilising the public and supporting communications campaigns. It also aims to increase the scale of funding currently targeted towards this issue, by tying together resources from funders interested in climate change, children and health.
Air pollution is a clear and urgent danger to public health. Outdoor air pollution is responsible for 4.2 million deaths worldwide – more than from malaria and HIV/Aids combined. More than ninety per cent of the world’s population lives in areas that exceed World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for ambient air quality. Children born in areas of high air pollution are likely to have several years taken off their life expectancy.
Tackling air quality will not just save lives but can also inject urgency into the climate change agenda. The causes of climate change are often the same as the causes of air pollution: transport, power sector and industrial emissions and agricultural burning. By capitalising on growing public and political awareness of the health impacts of air pollution, we can apply an approach to both accelerate climate action and improve public health.
The Clean Air Fund will:
- Increase the scale of funding currently targeted towards this issue, by tying together resources from funders interested in climate change, children and health.
- Share best practice and connect partners to ensure the best local solutions are rapidly scaled up and replicated.
- Lead a collective strategy to ensure interventions can have the biggest impact in reducing the numbers of premature deaths and the incidence of pollution-related diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and heart disease