By reducing air pollution, we can save and improve millions of lives. We can also tackle climate change, build fairer societies and strengthen economies. Clean air measures enable governments, donors and policy makers to maximise their resources and unlock climate and health benefits.
Here are some recent publications, case studies and briefings which we hope you will find helpful:
Analysis of funding from international development donors to tackle air pollution
The only global analysis of funding from international development donors to tackle air pollution. We highlight trends and gaps in international aid and public climate finance spending from 2015 to 2021. We also give recommendations for governments, bilateral donors and multilateral development banks to tackle dirty air and climate change together.
Analysing health, economic and climate benefits of clean air action by African governments
Drawing on best-practice case studies from across the African continent, our policy brief lays out recommendations that can help governments unleash green urban economic growth. Investments in good governance and legislation, better air quality monitoring, evidence-based emission reduction policies, effective partnership models and training, and improved access to climate financing are essential to meeting this challenge. These recommendations represent the first step for governments to consider as they design and deliver locally-tailored action.
The case for action on black carbon: Policy brief
Reducing black carbon emissions will help in avoiding climate tipping points, building resilience and delivering clean air. In partnership with the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy, this policy brief outlines the latest science on black carbon, examples of cost effective solutions, and recommendations for policymakers, funders and governments.
How engaging the health sector in cities advances climate and clean air action: 6 case studies
Health professionals and agencies play an instrumental role in reframing climate change and air pollution as questions of public health, and helping to move public opinion and policy. With support from the Clean Air Fund, Vital Strategies has partnered with city governments to assemble a set of case studies showcasing real-world examples of how engagement with public health organizations and practitioners can accelerate solutions that promote clean air, climate and health simultaneously.