How to Take Climate Action

Every industry needs to take climate action and the mobile industry is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with limiting global warming to 1.5°C. This Climate Action Toolkit has been created for mobile operators, but it has relevance to all organisations in the mobile ecosystem. The toolkit explains the urgency of climate action and how to disclose your climate risks through respected international bodies. It gives guidance on how to set a science-based target aligned to the ICT sector decarbonisation pathway to net zero emissions by 2050.

Step 1 - Understanding Climate Action in the Mobile Industry

The first step to managing your climate risks is to understand them. The two leading disclosure frameworks for understanding your climate risks are CDP and TCFD.

CDP runs the global environmental disclosure system. Each year CDP supports thousands of companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their risks and opportunities on climate change, water security and deforestation. It does so at the request of its investors, purchasers and city stakeholders.

By reporting to CDP, you can gain a competitive advantage by getting ahead of regulatory and policy changes, identifying and tackling growing risks and finding new opportunities for action being demanded by your investors and customers across the world.

Understand and implement CDP recommendations

The Financial Stability Board established an industry-led task force: the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). The Taskforce helps identify the information needed by investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters to appropriately assess and price climate-related risks and opportunities.

Better access to data enhances how climate-related risks are assessed, priced, and managed. Companies can more effectively measure and evaluate their own risks and those of their suppliers and competitors. Investors will make better-informed decisions on where and how they want to allocate their capital. Lenders, insurers and underwriters will be better able to evaluate their risks and exposures over the short, medium, and long term.
Understand and implement TCFD recommendations

Cover of the Climate Action handbook

The GSMA-led Climate Action Handbook is designed to guide, inform and prepare anyone working within the mobile ecosystem on how to adapt and respond to the climate emergency.

This informative and objective overview allows mobile operators, customers, partners and suppliers to take ownership of their emissions, kickstart efforts to reduce them and explore what actions the industry is collectively taking to limit global warming to 1.5C.

Climate Handbook

Step 2 - Set a Net Zero Target

After understanding your climate risks, the next step is to manage them. The GSMA, in collaboration with the ITU, GeSI and the SBTI, has developed a decarbonisation pathway to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 for the ICT sector. This includes carbon reduction targets for the mobile sub-sector.

The second step is to commit to setting a target. Commitments are made through the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI) and many GSMA members have already committed.

If a business would like to commit to setting a science-based target aligned to the ICT sector pathway, the following is a guide to making a public commitment on the SBTI website.

Find out more on companies committed to targets
The Race to Zero is a good resource when setting a net zero target. The Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign rallying non-state actors – including companies, cities, regions, and financial and educational institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world in time.

All members are committed to the same overarching goal: reducing emissions across all scopes swiftly and fairly in line with the Paris Agreement, with transparent action plans and robust near-term targets.
Find out more about the Race to Zero

Step 3 - Calculating a Carbon Reduction Target

The Setting Climate Targets guide is a step-by-step guide to understanding which targets are relevant to mobile operators, and provides fundamental information on the full target-setting process, from measuring corporate greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to developing targets and submitting them to SBTi for validation.

Setting Climate Targets guide

Step 4 - Achieving Climate Targets

Achieving Climate Targets GuideThe Achieving Climate Targets guide builds on the Setting Climate Targets guide and is a step-by-step guide for mobile operators to achieve near-term science-based targets. It is framed by the ICT sectoral target-setting approach. However, companies with targets that pre-date the publication of the ICT sectoral target-setting approach can still use this guide to achieve their emissions reduction targets.

Achieving Climate Targets guide

The most important topics for mobile networks operators to achieve their climate targets are:

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