CleanTech Programme

Leveraging digital technology as an enabler for the world’s transition towards a low carbon economy.

Our mission is to bring together the mobile industry, private and public actors in the clean technology space to unlock the power of digital technology in low income countries as an enabler for the world’s transition to a low carbon economy.

We are already witnessing the impacts of the global environmental crisis: more frequent extreme weather events, reductions in wildlife and biodiversity, sea level rises and the daily loss of temperate rainforests. While no country is immune to the effects of our changing climate, it is the world’s poorest and those least responsible for environmental damage who will continue to suffer the most. With the UN estimating that the global community has just over one decade left to change direction, ambitious and urgent action will be critical to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda and protecting decades of development progress.

The CleanTech programme brokers partnerships across industries and sectors, creates best practices and develops a common narrative to support the transition to resilient, equitable and decarbonised societies. Digital technology, including mobile solutions, is uniquely positioned to provide effective tools for climate change mitigation and adaption, e-waste management, disaster response and environmental monitoring. At the same time, through our access to a member network of mobile operators, device manufacturers and equipment providers, the GSMA is well-placed to identify innovation, facilitate scale and lead the transition towards circularity in the digital economy’s supply chain.

Relevant resources: E-waste

Telecom circularity - as a service 
eWaste in Latin America 

Relevant resources: Green Energy

Rural Connectivity Innovation Case Study 
Case Study: RuralStar Huawei Safaricom 

Relevant resources: Smart Infrastructure
Akwaba to the Côte d’Ivoire tech ecosystem! 
Relevant resources: Natural Resource Management
Looking ahead: Digital tools for natural resource management 
This initiative is currently funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and supported by the GSMA and its members.
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