Climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced and the mobile industry has a big part to play in fighting this global crisis.
In 2016, mobile became the world’s first industry to commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ever since, the industry has been measuring progress year on year in the annual Mobile Industry Impact Report: Sustainable Development Goals. One goal in particular has increasingly become a critical point of focus; SDG 13: Climate Action.
Right now, the world is facing a man-made disaster of global scale. The mobile sector is taking collaborative action to be fully transparent about the industry’s own climate emissions and have developed an industry-wide climate action roadmap, to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement.
More than 50 mobile operators – which together account for more than two thirds of mobile connections globally – are now disclosing their climate impacts, energy and GHG emissions via the internationally recognised CDP global disclosure system. This move will enable full transparency for investors and customers involved in the mobile sector.
The mobile industry is dedicated to acting on climate change now and in the future, and partnership is a pivotal part of this. Working with partners is fundamental to all future efforts and successes as an industry. Committed and progressive operators are pushing innovative mobile solutions to tackle the climate change crisis and protect the environment. This is our story so far.
The mobile industry has a credible track record of measuring ourselves against the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Our deep dive on SDG13: Climate Action explores the full scope of how the industry is urgently addressing the effects of this global crisis.
Over 50 mobile network operators, representing more than 5.2 billion mobile connections globally, are committed to the future-thinking, industry-wide ambition of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
Yet, mobile industry leaders have been acting on the climate crisis for many years. Operators are significantly reducing their own emissions through energy efficient initiatives, sourcing renewable energies and carbon offsetting. Responding to climate change has moved beyond the realms of standard CSR policies, it now is a matter of paramount importance that forms an integral part of any sustainable business strategy.
Mobile technology has the powerful and unique ability to support climate action across wider industries through digitisation. This enables other sectors to reduce their own Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG). Expanding smart solutions and renewable solar energies are replacing traditional resources on a global scale. Significant impact has already been made across an array of sectors, including transport, agriculture and smart cities.
Extreme weather conditions are exacerbated in intensity and frequency by the pervasive effects of climate change. The volatility of the earth’s temperature triggers violent hurricanes, extreme flooding and spiking air pollution levels and endangering human health. Supporting adaptation and resilience, mobile networks are facilitating access to information and coordinating assistance before, during and after climate-related emergencies and disasters through harnessing big data. From replenishing our ravaged natural ecosystems to reconnecting loved ones displaced by extreme weather, to assisting governments, NGO’s and public health organisations respond more effectively to epidemics, connectivity is transforming the lives of millions.
The GSMA works with mobile operators in collaboration with partners and international organisations on global climate action solutions. To get involved contact us firstname.lastname@example.org