In February 2019 the GSMA Board, comprising members from the largest mobile network operators in the world, set a milestone ambition – to transform the mobile industry to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, at the latest. Our first step was to understanding how to get there.
There was no pathway for the ICT sector in line with the Paris Agreement. So we collaborated with the ITU, GeSI and SBTI to create a climate action roadmap to net zero by 2050, launched in February 2020.
Our next steps were disclosure and aligning targets. By COP26 in November 2021, the majority of mobile network operators, by revenue, are both disclosing their climate impacts each year, and are committed to rapidly reduce those impacts over the next ten years.
Our members are now focussing on achieving these targets by improving the energy efficiency of their networks, investing in renewable energy for power, engaging with suppliers on reducing their emissions, and helping customers make sustainable choices.
Download and view our infographic on how the mobile industry is progressing towards it’s net zero target, with key statistics and facts.Download
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The mobile industry has made a strong start on the journey to net zero but this is not a path we can walk alone.
To ensure the mobile industry is able to reach its ambitious climate targets we call on governments to:
Prioritise a just transition to economy-wide net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, in particular as governments work on aid and economic recovery packages
Strengthen NDC’s and 2030 targets in line with a 1.5°C trajectory, and define viable targets among the public and private sectors
Lay out national policies and plans to enable the achievement of these targets
Support industry access to renewable energy by removing regulatory barriers and implementing stable frameworks