Zain has teamed up with the GSMA and many of the world's largest mobile operator groups to start disclosing their climate impacts as part of a major new GSMA-led initiative. This is in line with the Paris Agreement to develop a mobile industry climate action roadmap.
Alongside Zain, more than 50 other mobile operators making up two thirds of mobile connections globally are now disclosing their climate impacts, energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions via the internationally recognized CDP system. This move will enable full transparency for investors and customers involved in the mobile sector. In fact, many of the companies involved are disclosing for the first time as part of the GSMA-led initiative.
They are part of the first phase of an industry-wide climate action roadmap. The next phase will see the development of a decarbonization pathway for the mobile industry. This will be aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which will be in place by February 2020. Furthermore, it will also include the development of an industry-wide plan to achieve net-zero GHG emissions by 2050.
It is clear that this new methodology is designed specifically for the mobile sector in limiting global warming. The timescale at which individual companies reach their targets will depend on several factors including geographical location and the access to renewable energy. Zain is also committed to advancing mobile technology in areas such as big data and Internet of Things (IoT), enabling energy efficient and environmental solutions across multiple sectors, including transport, manufacturing, agriculture, building and energy.
Bader Al Kharafi, Zain vice chairman and CEO commented on the occasion by saying “Zain is taking an affirmative step to align with the UN global ambition to reduce carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2030, aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050. We recognize that climate change is a material risk that not only impacts humanity today, but also will impact the ability of future generations to thrive.”