Why do we need air quality data?
Air quality data is fundamental to solving the air pollution crisis.
Data tells us how much pollution is in the air we breathe and where that pollution comes from. It also informs our understanding of how air pollution impacts our health, our environment and our economy. Citizens should understand the quality of the air they breathe and every policy maker should have enough data to make informed decisions.
We need air quality data to design, campaign for, implement and enforce policies and solutions.
How are we improving air quality data?
We give grants to organisations with clean air solutions that are scalable and can replicated around the world. Clean Air Fund is working to advance the air quality data field in a number of ways:
- We pilot innovative technologies for air quality monitoring. We funded Breathe London to pilot a network of small sensors to map London’s air pollution problem.
- We help communities to gather their own data and use it effectively to raise awareness. Through Healthcare Without Harm we support hundreds of hospitals and health professionals to collect and use air quality data in India.
- We increase local government capacity to manage air quality. We work with C40 Cities to engage mayors around the world to raise ambition on air quality, and build the capacity and evidence to implement solutions.
- We work to make air quality data transparent, accessible and usable. We support Open AQ, an open-source platform that provides free access to billions of air quality data points around the world.
An example of our work on data: EDF China
See more on data
Why we are investing in air quality data
How China is tackling air pollution with big data
Featured grants & projects
Improving the accessibility and actionability of citizen-science data
Improving global PM2.5 data
Data-driven AQ policy enforcement in China