The Telecom Industry and its Sustainable Future

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1Q 2022 | IN-6472


The Telecom Industry's Sustainability Roadmap


The growing occurrence of global climate change events has led to industries shifting their focus towards their emissions and contributions, and the telecom industry is no different. According to the GSMA’s Mobile Net Zero report, the global Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry’s carbon emissions amount to roughly 700 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (Mt CO2e) per year, or 1.4% of global carbon emissions. Out of this, it is estimated that the mobile industry produces around 220 Mt CO2e per year, representing roughly 0.4% of global carbon emissions.

To promote further action towards a more sustainable future, the telecom industry has come up with a sustainability roadmap highlighting key steps. First, the industry is working towards greater transparency through climate disclosure, with about sixty operators having disclosed their climate impacts, risks, and opportunities to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system. Secondly, the industry aims to reach net zero emissio…

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