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Huawei has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring that innovation enables sustainable development and building a greener, intelligent world. Huawei Chairman, Liang Hua highlighted the organisation’s commitment at a recent forum hosted by the telecommunications giant.

Liang Hua said the digital economy has become a new engine of global economic growth and Huawei is committed to making a positive impact through digital technology innovation.

“Climate change has now become a huge roadblock for social development. We need to move faster towards low-carbon development and green growth models. We also need to protect the environment, and promote green economic recovery. These are common goals shared by the global community.

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“Technology can help. In particular, digital and intelligent technologies are playing an increasingly important role in this process,” said the Huawei chairman.

Hua spoke about how Huawei uses innovative technologies to enable green development, support environmental protection and drive broader digital inclusion.

Innovation that enables green development, a sustainable future and fights global climate change

Hua added that green and sustainable development have become a top priority to world economies. Carbon neutrality has become a globally recognised goal, kicking off a green industrial revolution across the globe. Nations and enterprises are investing more in clean and renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions, as part of their efforts to address climate change.

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Digital technologies like 5G, cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence are pushing the digital economy into a new phase. Hua believes that a digital economy should, first and foremost, be a green economy. In essence, the ICT industry has been working to using less energy to transmit, process, and store more information. Take 5G as an example. Its energy consumption per bit is only one-tenth of 4G’s, but it can provide 30 times the capacity.

“ICT technologies are important enablers of energy conservation and emissions reduction in other industries. For example, digital technology helps improve energy networks, making data a key resource in the energy internet. Now, we can use bits to manage watts and data flows to optimise energy flows. This will make energy networks greener and more intelligent, reliable, and efficient,” said Hua.

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“We have extensive experience in power electronics and energy storage. We have combined this with our technical expertise in 5G, cloud and AI to develop our digital power business and provide power solutions for different industries. We will continue to promote clean electricity generation, help electrify the transportation sector, build green ICT infrastructure and focus on intelligent energy storage. We will combine computing and electric power to drive the intelligent upgrade of the energy sector.”

Hua committed Huawei to using digital technology to help generate more electricity from renewable sources and optimise energy supply and demand models. This can help accelerate the transition to green energy sources, benefiting the entire energy sector and the world as a whole.

As of December 2020, Huawei’s digital power products and solutions have generated 325 billion kWh of electricity from renewable sources,and saved 10 billion kWh of electricity. These efforts have resulted in a reduction of 160 million tons in CO2 emissions.