Unlocking the power of digital technology to create a low-carbon and climate resilient future

Through GSMA’s ClimateTech Programme, we unlock the power of digital technology in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), to enable their transition towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future. We do this through the collective support of the mobile industry, as well as public and private actors.

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges facing humanity and we continue to see its impacts, including frequent extreme weather events, displacement of vulnerable populations, increase in temperatures, wildfires and droughts, reduction of wildlife populations and biodiversity, lower agricultural yields, sea-level rises and daily loss of forest.

Over 10 years of Mobile for Development

Thanks to the support of its donors, GSMA Mobile for Development has used technology to deliver both socio-economic and climate impact for over a decade.

Uniquely placed, we work within the mobile ecosystem and the development sector, advancing the use of mobile technology, connected devices and other digital tools so they can make a positive difference to the planet and millions of lives.

How the ClimateTech team is supporting

The ClimateTech programme is furthering these efforts by encouraging even greater integration between digital technology and climate mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies in LMICs. Through our research activities, we identify, promote and inform opportunities for digital innovation. Developing pathways for aligning climate action with the sustainable development agenda.

We also catalyse vital partnerships between the GSMA, mobile industry, tech innovators, governments and the development sector, aiming to reduce fragmentation, facilitate scale and promote collective action.

Latest Publications

Emerging Trends in Climate Tech Innovations: The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation


Friday 30 Jun 2023 | Climate | ClimateTech | Egypt | English | Ethiopia | Frontier Technology | Innovation fund and grants | Kenya | Liberia | Middle East and North Africa | Mobile for Development | Nepal | Nigeria | Pakistan | Philippines | Report | Resilient technology | Resource | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa | Tanzania |

This report discusses the emerging trends and different uses of frontier and digital technology such as IoT and AI, and how they can effectively impact climate change solutions in low- and middle-income countries.

Digitally Enabled Climate Finance


Wednesday 26 Apr 2023 | Climate | climate resilience | ClimateTech | English | Report | Resilient technology | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This flagship report by the GSMA ClimateTech programme provides emerging insights on the role of mobile and digital technology in accessing and delivering climate finance in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Catalysing Partnerships in Plastics


Tuesday 28 Jun 2022 | Climate | ClimateTech | English | Frontier Technology | Global | Mobile for Development | Private-MNO | Report | Research | Resource |

Explore the potential for collaboration between mobile network operators and plastics organisations The mismanagement of plastic waste is a global challenge that must be urgently addressed if we are to achieve the Sustainable ...

Exploring barriers and incentives to digital solutions in Natural Resource Management


Friday 31 Mar 2023 | Biodiversity | Climate | climate resilience | ClimateTech | English | Frontier Technology | Gender | India | Indonesia | Kenya | Report | Research | Resilient technology | Resource | South Asia | Sub-Saharan Africa |

This research report explores barriers and best practices for digital technologies designed to help communities in LMICs in their efforts to manage natural resources sustainably, based on case studies from Asia and Africa.

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation

The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation was launched with the support of our donors, to help accelerate the testing, adoption and scalability of digital innovations that enable the world’s most vulnerable populations to adapt, anticipate and absorb the negative impacts of climate change, or strengthen biodiversity. See details of our latest fund – ‘The GSMA Innovation Fund for Climate Resilience and Adaptation 2.0′ here.

The Renewable Energy Dashboard

The Renewable Energy Dashboard by the ClimateTech programme is a repository for the industry about using renewable energy to power mobile towers. Explore the dashboard here.

The GSMA and the mobile industry is committed to playing a central role on climate action. In addition to Mobile for Development’s ClimateTech team, the GSMA engages with members on climate action issues through the Climate Action Taskforce. Find out more here.

The ClimateTech Programme is funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is supported by the GSMA and its members.
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