Mobile tech has a pivotal role to play in combating climate change in Latin America, according to a new report.

GSMA and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) commissioned the report, which says mobile is contributing significantly to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It points to the impact of technologies like big data and the Internet of Things (IoT) in tackling climate change, with applications that allow industries to become more resource efficient. One example cited is in São Paulo, where a big data initiative from Telefoìnica is tracking human mobility to monitor effects on air quality and health, with mobility data forecasting potential pollution issues 48 hours in advance, giving city planners the chance to implement preventative measures.

 

“Addressing climate change is one of the most urgent concerns that the world faces today, and one that cannot be ignored. Mobile operators and others within the mobile ecosystem are delivering a vast range of programmes and initiatives that contribute to delivering the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including helping to combat climate change and its impacts. Indeed, SDG 13 (Climate Action) is one of the SDGs where operators are making the strongest contribution,” said Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA.

 

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