What we do

In each Breathe City, we provide support across four pillars to enable the successful implementation of ambitious new policies for urban air quality, improve public health and accelerate decarbonisation to create sustainable cities.

Our programme

We expand data

We expand local air quality data through innovative new technologies and research into the causes of air pollution to provide local governments and communities with evidence for implementing new policies.

We raise awareness

We engage local communities and grassroots organisations to build public support for bold actions, targeting those most affected by air pollution.

We support policymaking

We provide technical assistance and capacity building to ambitious mayors and city governments to identify, develop and implement bold clean air solutions.

We connect cities

We share learnings across cities 
to scale best practices and inspire 
even more cities to act.

Our collaborative

Breathe Cities provides philanthropic funding to support a range of local partners, including campaigners, community groups, academic institutes and NGOs, working in close collaboration with participating city governments. We support locally tailored solutions, through a proven model based on four pillars of action.

Our 4 pillars of action

Data and research

We expand the availability of local air quality data by deploying innovative monitoring technologies, assessing emissions sources and generating open source data.

Technical policy assistance

We provide direct support to local governments to support the successful development, implementation and enforcement of clean air policies by providing technical assistance and capacity building with policymakers.

Stakeholder and community engagement

We engage with local campaigners and grassroots organisations to identify community priorities, build public awareness and grow support for air quality action, especially for the communities most affected by air pollution.

Lesson sharing

We share insights and evidence of what works across cities to inspire and support even more cities to act.

How cities are chosen

The cities have been selected for their commitment to advancing ambitious policies that address the dual challenges of air pollution and climate emissions. The participating local governments were chosen based on criteria such as geographic diversity, air pollution and emissions intensity, engaged civil society, strong political interest and leadership, scalability potential, and capacity to implement action plans, among other metrics.

Achieving a 30% reduction across
participating cities by 2030 will lead to

premature deaths
new cases of asthma in
children avoided
in avoided hospitalizations
and deaths
of CO2 emissions cut