Mobile and the Environment Overview

Mobile communications has the potential to make direct and indirect contributions to reducing the environmental impacts of other areas of the economy. Opportunities include using mobile broadband for more efficient use of alternative energy sources; support for teleworking; using a person’s mobile phone to register their presence so that heating or lighting can respond; real-time freight management; and dematerialisation — replacing physical items (such as CDs) with digital downloads. The GSMA has estimated that through enabling other sectors to reduce their emissions, the mobile industry could reduce emissions in other sectors by more than 4.5 times mobile’s own footprint by 2020, equivalent to taking one in every three cars off the road.


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