AT&T said this week it has set an “industry-leading target” to help businesses collectively reduce a gigaton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – billion metric tons – by 2035, an effort it said which will contribute to a better, more sustainable world.

A gigaton is equal to approximately 15% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and nearly 3% of global energy-related emissions in 2020 or 1.6 billion flights from Los Angeles to New York, it said in a release

The company will work with businesses including Microsoft, Equinix, and Duke Energy, along with research universities, and a range of other organizations to deliver broadband-enabled climate solutions at global scale.

Upwards of 55% of Fortune Global 200 companies have established targets for the partial or total elimination of GHG emissions, and 23% of these businesses have set dates for reaching carbon neutrality, it said.

“As businesses embrace climate change as a priority, our connectivity solutions can help them make progress to reach their goals,” said Anne Chow, CEO, AT&T Business. “The time is now to expand our impact by developing and deploying more capabilities and solutions that enable companies to reduce their environmental footprint. This is a collective imperative across all business that also benefits the planet and society as a whole.”

Between 2018 and 2020, AT&T said it worked with the Carbon Trust and a selection of business customers to calculate the reduction of emissions enabled by AT&T connectivity.

“The result was a reduction of more than 72 million metric tons of CO2e through the enablement of smart IoT and edge-computing technologies for the manufacturing, agriculture and commercial sectors,” it said. “Gigaton is a new goal, spanning emissions reductions from 2018 to 2035, that continues our efforts in this space.”

By 2030, AT&T added, the information, communications and technology industry could generate emission savings of more than a third of all global energy-related emissions in 2020, according to GeSI

“With our newly formed Connected Climate Initiative, we plan to convene the brightest minds from leading technology companies, AT&T Business customers, universities, and non-profits to identify best practices, develop innovative new products and use cases, and scale the innovations of startup partners building tomorrow's 5G- and other broadband-enabled climate solutions,” the company said.

“Ubiquitous connectivity – nationwide broadband, which includes 5G access, for businesses everywhere – has the power to help scale technologies, dramatically accelerating business efforts to reach their climate goals,” said Charlene Lake, AT&T’s chief sustainability officer.