Today, leading ICT companies are working hard to support the European Green Course. Martin Banks, a senior journalist for Parliament Magazine, reports that among them is Chinese tech giant Huawei, which is doing its job to improve global ecology.
European Commission President Urzula von der Leiena recently said that it would not be possible to “build the world of tomorrow” without a strong partnership between the European Union and China. Huawei’s main representative in the EU institutions is Abraham Liu, and he agrees that the association’s mantra also refers to a gradual effort to ensure carbon neutrality.
Climate change has not stopped, despite the global economic contraction caused by Covid-19, and after a brief hiatus, emissions are increasing rapidly again.
This is one of the key messages that Liu wants to highlight during European Green Week 2021. It is the annual “green celebration” of the European Union, which will begin on June 7 and last for a week.
Huawei hosted various events at its offices across Europe to raise awareness of global climate challenges. Liu believes that Huawei has a good role to play in helping the EU achieve the goals of its acclaimed Green Deal. Liu describes him as a “bold policy and guide.”
He believes that in the next decade, the future of zero carbon will be secured by “five key technologies”: green energy, green connections, green digitization, the protection of the environment provided by artificial intelligence and zero carbon networks.
Speaking of “green energy,” Liu predicts that renewable energy will be dominated by solar and wind resources. It will be the fastest growing energy resource, and Huawei strives to “build cleaner power generation systems based largely on conserving solar and wind resources.”
Green Connections – The company is at the forefront of the development of all-optical technologies.
“Our fiber optic printing technology is capable of printing 1,000 optical fibers on the backplane, which is the size of an A4 sheet of paper. This means that one set of equipment can do the same as nine traditional approaches would provide,” he says. Liu.
“It also means saving 60 percent in energy.”
In the field of green digitization, the company is a pioneer in the development of intelligent optimization technologies that can “teach” data centers how to save energy.
“That’s what it means to use bits to manage watts,” admits Liu. In collaboration with the non-profit organization Rainforest Connection, Huawei has developed a serious sound monitoring system called “Nature’s Guardian.”
This system collects sound data, which is processed by artificial intelligence to prevent illegal logging.
Regarding zero-carbon grids, Liu estimates that energy consumption at global communications sites will reach 66 billion kilowatt hours by 2025, which represents about 2% of its total global energy consumption.
Traditional wireless power plants are considered to have an energy efficiency of about 60%. By replacing these technical rooms with outdoor cabinets, Huawei can increase it by up to 90%. “A big step forward,” emphasizes Liu.
Liu will speak about these and other elements of the “smart solution” in a virtual forum scheduled for June 8. It is part of Huawei’s performance during Green Week. Liu will explain how he thinks ICT technologies can help achieve carbon neutrality.
The round table will also be attended by Charlie McConalogue, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and Maritime Affairs, and Ilias Lakovidis, European Commission Advisor on Green Digital Transformation.
“We call on all technology companies to support and actively participate in the fight against climate change, as it is essential for human destiny,” said Abraham Liu, Huawei’s chief spokesman for the European Union.
Liu believes that new technologies will be able to reduce carbon emissions and ICT technologies will play an increasingly important role in this process.
“We call on all technology companies to support and actively participate in the fight against climate change, because it is fundamental to human destiny,” he explains. Liu believes that his company and others will be able to unlock leverage so that other players can fully unleash their emissions reduction potential.
The limitations associated with the Covid-19 virus and the ensuing global economic recession have meant a temporary reduction in carbon emissions, but the World Meteorological Organization recently reported that emissions are beginning to increase dramatically again.
“At a time when the economy is recovering, we must ask ourselves how we can find ways to improve the ecology of the world and move towards carbon neutrality,” says Liu.
Liu praises Europe as a leader in fighting climate change, noting that in 2019, the fourth anniversary of the Treaty of Paris, the EU committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Already in 2020, 38% of the EU’s energy consumption was based on wind, solar and other renewable resources, exceeding the level of fossil energy use for the first time.
Furthermore, there are many companies in Europe that set an example of sustainable development, ”says Liu.
He adds: “Huawei is supplying ICT infrastructure and smart devices, and we are convinced that ICTs are playing an increasingly important role in achieving a greener world.”
However, there is also the brutal truth that no one alone can solve the challenges of the global climate: this question.
The focus of this year’s Green Week is on “ambitions to eradicate pollution”, seeking solutions to ensure a non-toxic environment throughout the European Union.
Looking ahead, Liu believes that Huawei is “ready” to work with partners in Europe to move towards a carbon-free future.
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