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Huawei: ICT can reduce carbon emissions

Huawei is a Shenzhen based Global Technology company that believes in Infromation Communication Technology (ICT) as a key driver towards reducing global carbon emissions by 20% in the next decade. As the world comelerates the 2021 earth day, Huawei’s view on leveraging ICT as a key mover towards ever green environments is achievable.

According to William Xu – Board director and president of Huawei‘s Institute of strategic research, energy sustainability is a challenge that was faced by all countries worldwide in the past decade. But if ICTs are well leveraged, they can help lower the rate of carbon emissions and promote an evergreen environment as he said.

“Global energy consumption is growing at an annual rate of 1.7%. Currently, 85% of energy comes from fossil fuels. Energy sustainability is a daunting challenge that faces all of us. By empowering a wide range of industries, ICT technology has the potential to reduce global carbon emissions by 20% over the next decade,”

said Xu.

He adds that as many countries commit to carbon neutrality and lower emissions, the push for renewable energy has increased, and this is where ICT adds new opportunities in electricity generation, storage, and consumption.

“For energy consumption, we must promote integrated smart energy to build energy management systems for households, buildings, and factories, and to create zero-carbon communities, campuses, and cities,”

Added Xu

In Africa, many countries are increasingly embracing renewable energy to leapfrog to a sustainable energy future. With Huawei’s grid connectivity algorithm powered by AI, the company has provided over 200 power grid models to over 30 countries and regions. This has helped power plants stably connect to grids in all scenarios and has gradually made PV (Photovoltaics)a high-quality, mainstream energy source.

In solar power alone, Africa has made great progress over the recent years with more than 6,200 largescale, commercial, industrial (C&I) and mini-grid projects identified across the continent. Also 9 African nations, apart from South Africa and Egypt, are on their way to joining the ‘Gigawatt Club’, an unofficial tag for the group of countries with installed capacity to produce one GW of solar power.

Huang Su – the Director of Huawei Southern Africa Digital Power Business pointed out that nearly half the world’s population without access to electricity is in sub-Saharan Africa. But if accelerated. the whole region can be connected to multiple grids and help the general population divert away from using Charcoal fuel as a move to reduce carbon emmissions.

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