More than 50 mobile operators have agreed to start disclosing their climate impacts as part of a major new GSMA-led initiative to develop a mobile industry climate action roadmap in line with the Paris Agreement.
The operators are now disclosing their climate impacts, energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions via the internationally recognised CDP global disclosure system. The move will enable full transparency for investors and customers involved in the mobile sector.
GSMA operator that are disclosing via CDP include: America Movil, AT&T, Axiata Group, Bell Canada, Bharti Airtel, BT Group, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Chunghwa Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, DNA, Elisa, Far EasTone, Globe Telecom, Inmarsat, KDDI, KPN, KT, LG Uplus, Magyar Telekom, Millicom International, MTN Group, MTS, NTT DOCOMO, Oi Movel, Orange Group, Proximus, Reliance Jio, Rogers Communications, Singtel, SK Telecom, SoftBank, Spark New Zealand, Sprint, StarHub, STC, Sunrise, Swisscom, T-Mobile USA, Taiwan Mobile, Tele2 AB, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telekom Austria, Telenor Group, Telia Company, Telkom SA, Telstra, TELUS Communications, TIM Brasil, True, Turkcell, Verizon, Vodacom Group, Vodafone Group and Zain Group.
The disclosures form the first phase of an industry-wide, climate action roadmap. The next step will see the development of a decarbonisation pathway for the mobile industry, aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), to be in place by February 2020. This will include the development of an industry-wide plan to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement.
“Today’s announcement marks the start of a collaborative action by the mobile industry to tackle the climate emergency, demonstrating how the private sector can show leadership and responsibility in addressing one of the gravest challenges facing our planet,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA.
Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP said, “As a result of these disclosures, mobile operators will be able to measure and understand their environmental impact, helping them to build sustainability into the heart of their businesses.”
The SBTi provides a transparent and effective framework for meeting the more ambitious Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°c by 2050, which would substantially reduce the risks and effects of climate change. However, there has been no methodology designed specifically for the mobile sector to date.
The GSMA expects that some companies will meet the net-zero target significantly ahead of the 2050 deadline. The GSMA is working with participating operators and will be partnering with the international community, climate experts and third-party organisations to advance industry progress, establish best practices, and support disclosure and target setting.