Mobile creating a #BetterFuture: Climate Action

Climate change is one of the greatest threat humanity has ever faced and the mobile industry has a big part to play in fighting this global crisis.

Mobile became the world’s first industry to commit to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • The mobile industry has been measuring progress in the annual Mobile Industry Impact Report: Sustainable Development Goals. With one goal a critical point of focus; SDG 13: Climate Action.
  • 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.
  • 29 operator groups representing 30 per cent of global mobile connections have committed to setting Science-Based Targets as a part of a sector-specific decarbonisation pathway that allows ICT companies to set targets in line with the latest climate science.

Explore the full scope of how the industry is urgently addressing the effects of this global crisis:
Reducing our own emissions
  • 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.
Reducing Carbon Emissions
Enabling wider sectors to reduce their emissions
  • Mobile technology has the powerful and unique ability to support climate action across wider industries through digitisation, with significant impact already being made across an array of sectors, including transport, agriculture and smart cities.
  • Digitisation 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.
Digitisation Reducing Emissions
Helping communities respond effectively to the effects of climate change
  • 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.
Mobile creating Adaptation and Resilience
Get in touch

The GSMA works with mobile operators in collaboration with partners and international organisations on global climate action solutions. To get involved contact us betterfuture@gsma.com