Carbon neutrality becomes world consensus

Carbon neutrality becomes world consensus

Huawei commits to empowering Thailand as ASEAN's Carbon Neutral Leader

Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman said at Huawei's 19th annual Global Analyst Summit that, "We will strengthen our approach to innovation, equip all industries to go digital and intelligent, and help build a low-carbon world. These are key to our future growth as a company."

Huawei is seeking solutions to "survive with quality" under US sanctions and Huawei's digital energy business is a blue ocean business that has been gradually emerging in the past two years. According to Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou speaking at the 2021 Huawei Annual Report conference, "Huawei's emerging businesses, such as Huawei Cloud and digital energy business growth is very beautiful. The revenue growth of these two businesses has exceeded 30%."

At a recent media Q&A at the 19th Huawei Global Analyst Conference, Huawei Rotating Chairman Ken Hu, said: "Huawei has been working in the Asia Pacific for more than 20 years and has established partnerships with more than 7,900 partners and provided ICT technology and cloud services to hundreds of thousands of customers. 2022 Huawei is committed to supporting the region in three key areas of digital vision: building digital infrastructure, low-carbon development, and digital inclusion initiatives." Huawei once again demonstrates its commitment to enabling a green, low-carbon Asia Pacific with confidence.

Why Carbon neutrality has become a global consensus and mission

Looking back at the development of global modernisation, human beings have completed three industrial revolutions from the "steam age", "electrical age" to the "information age". The first three industrial revolutions, which relied heavily on fossil energy, led to an exponential increase in CO2 emissions along with the growth of total economic output and the greenhouse effect caused by CO2 has led to global climate change, posing a huge challenge to the survival and development of human society.

Since the 1990s, the international community has accelerated the pace of action to address the climate issues and has adopted a series of programmatic documents, including the Paris Agreement, which has laid a solid foundation for global carbon emission reduction. In today's world, green development has become an important trend.

According to the Green 2030 report released by Huawei, digitalisation and decarbonisation are the twin engines driving green development. It is expected that by 2030, renewable energy will become the main force, and total global renewable energy generation will account for more than 50%. A green future is now the shared goal for the global community. Carbon neutrality has become a global consensus and mission. Low-carbon development has become the key to sustainable economy, the cornerstone of a better planet and a major feature of modern lifestyles.

Why did Huawei establish Huawei Digital Power Technologies Company?

Huawei started as a company that specialised in communications equipment, and digital power business originally focused on powering communications equipment. According to Hou jinlong, Huawei SVP & President of Huawei Digital Power, speaking at TrustInTech Summit last year "In order to meet customers' demands for integrated energy solutions and carriers' needs for energy saving and emissions reduction, Huawei applied years of experience in digital and power electronics technologies to establish a Network Energy Product Line in 2011, which developed a range of solutions, including smart PV solutions, data centre facility solutions, and site power facility solutions." 

To achieve carbon neutrality, Huawei aims to use digital technology to promote clean energy and the digitalisation of traditional energy. For this purpose, Huawei established a subsidiary called Huawei Digital Power Technologies Co., Ltd. in June 2021. The subsidiary aims to promote clean energy and the digitalisation of traditional energy, integrate digital and power electronics technologies, and converge information and energy flows to drive an energy revolution for a better, greener future.

How Huawei has contributed to green development in Asia Pacific

Huawei prioritises sustainable development and innovation in order to better serve our customers, Meng Wan Zhou, the Deputy Chairwoman and Chief Financial Officer of Huawei told the Annual Report Press Conference.

"Huawei helps the Asia-Pacific region develop a low-carbon economy. On the one hand, Huawei promotes photovoltaic development on the supply side. On the other hand, it helps enterprise and carrier customers reduce carbon emissions by building greener data centres and wireless sites on the energy-use side," said by Ken Hu, Rotating chairman of Huawei.

The 5MW offshore floating power plant deployed in Singapore's Johor Strait is understood to be one of the world's largest offshore floating photovoltaic (OFPV) systems. It is the size of five soccer fields. Equipped with 13,312 solar panels, 40 inverters and more than 30,000 floating modules, the power station is expected to produce up to 6,022,500 kWh of electricity per year, enough to power 1,250 four-bedroom HDB flats and reduce CO2 emissions by about 4,258 tons. The project was developed by Singapore-based PV solutions provider Sunseap Group. Sunseap chose Huawei's intelligent string inverters – SUN2000-90KTL-H2 – to make the operation of the offshore floating PV plant more efficient, safer and more reliable. Huawei enables thousands of industries to benefit from clean energy and promote renewable energy transition through its intelligent PV solutions. The project's on-time grid connection and smooth operation set an example for the development of floating PV power plant projects in other countries where land is scarce and densely populated, but the water area is vast.

Ken Hu, Rotating chairman of Huawei mentioned at the Huawei Global Analyst Summit that Huawei has been actively promoting green site solutions, helping customers build more green sites and helping operators achieve emissions reductions. By the end of 2021, more than 70 billion kilowatts of power generated with photovoltaics had been installed, and more than 230 more energy-efficient data centres had been built in the Asia-Pacific region.

How Huawei has contributed to green development in Thailand

On the journey to a low-carbon Thailand, Thailand has become the first ASEAN country to commit to a 2050 carbon neutrality roadmap and proposed the Carbon Neutrality 2050 roadmap to address climate change, the same as the EU milestone, which will be key to achieving this vision.

Huawei supports Thailand to become the ASEAN low-carbon leader, bringing social values to Thai people by providing Smart PV, Site Power and more.

Huawei Thailand committed to empowering Thailand as ASEAN's Carbon Neutral Leader on Huawei Green for Future Day last year. To this end, Huawei officially established the Digital Power BU and Asia Pacific digital power regional headquarters in Thailand. The new BU now has over 1,000 enterprise customers in the Thai market, resulting in more than 1,000 indirect job opportunities.

Recently, Huawei Digital Power inked a deal with Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand (CP) to install PV panels on the rooftops of 1,300 7-Eleven stores. CP is the sole operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Thailand.

Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Thailand stressed the importance of Digital and Green last year at Huawei Green for Future Day. He said, "During the pandemic, digitalisation and low-carbonisation are the two mostly embraced consensuses in the world. Digitalisation is also the key to green development. We can even say 'no digital, no green'."

He also mentioned that Huawei is determined and able to continuously serve Thai customers and society along the digital journey. "Thailand has always been a strategic market for Huawei and it is one of our largest markets," he said. "Over the past 23 years, thanks to the support from the Thai government, customers, and partners, Huawei has successfully carried out its 'Grow in Thailand, Contribute to Thailand' mission by being a technology-leading and trusted ICT partner, proactive digital transformation enabler, and continuous social value contributor. Since the establishment of Huawei's new Digital Power Business in 2021, Huawei's smart photovoltaics and site energy solutions quickly took the leading market share."

In the face of US sanctions, what is Huawei's next step?

Following spiralling geopolitical pressure, on 16 May 2019, the US Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. and 68 non-US Huawei affiliates to the BIS Entity List, companies wishing to export US items were required to obtain a license.

Huawei had previously said that the US rounds of sanctions on Huawei's supply chain brought great disruption to the company's business. However, in the long run, Huawei is confident in its survival, as it has proved to be. 

"The problems Huawei faces right now can't be solved by cutting expenses," Guo Ping, the former rotating chairman and now chairman of Huawei's supervisory board, said during the 2021 HUAWEI Annual report conference. "Huawei cannot acquire advanced technologies, we have to increase investment in technology development."

At the analyst summit, facing the future, Huawei's Rotating Chairman, Ken Hu, emphasised that, "Only continuous innovation can bring continuous development momentum and create value for customers and society. We hope to work with more customers and partners to create a win-win situation and build a green and intelligent world."

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