At COP28, Huawei Executive Says Carbon Neutrality Will Trigger Revolutionary Change


(MENAFN- BCW Global) [Dec 08, 2023] Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A senior Huawei executive says the integration of the digital and energy worlds will improve energy efficiency and resource allocation worldwide.

Addressing a session of the Global Innovation Hub (UGIH) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), hosted by the UAE, Charles Yang, Senior Vice President at Huawei, said opportunities brought about by carbon neutrality will trigger revolutionary technological and socioeconomic change.


Charles Yang, Senior Vice President of Huawei, delivers keynote remarks

“We’re working to not just enhance the ICT sector via technological innovations, but also build innovative systems to help achieve the common goal of carbon neutrality,” he said.

Yang spoke at a UNFCCC UGIH session entitled “Innovative, Digitally Enabled Green Transition.” The panel sought to shed light on new ways of thinking and doing in the green transition, as well as new cases that have emerged and opportunities for collaboration that could be leveraged.

Yang cited several Huawei innovations that lowered ICT’s carbon footprint. These included fully liquid-cooled supercharging terminals that are able to charge EVs at the rate of one kilometer per second; the world’s second largest PV plant in Qinghai, China where Huawei helped complete grid connection; and Huawei’s contribution to powering the world’s first 100 percent renewables-powered city as part of the Red Sea Energy Storage project in Saudi Arabia.

Mobile operators will also be able to lend a hand in producing energy, he said. “If they could leverage the 10 million mobile base stations globally and become energy producers, that will significantly reduce carbon emissions.”


Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN SDSN and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, during his keynote sharing

For Jeffrey Sachs, President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, cooperation is key to enable the green transition and sustainable development.

“We need cooperative approaches, we need great companies like Huawei that provide the technologies, and then we need solutions to scale them up,” Sachs said.

Referring to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mohan Munasinghe, former Vice Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, said digital technology is both part of SDG 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and the key to SDG 13 (Climate action).

“All of the goals have to be dealt with in an integrated way. You cannot deal with carbon neutrality and climate by itself,” Munasinghe said, adding: “Digital technology supports inclusive green technologies, promotes industrial infrastructure that increases economic activity… and will lead us to eco-civilization in the 21st Century.”

Speakers pose for a photo following the UNFCCC UGIH session

Alexandre Reis Siqueira Freire, a Commissioner of Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel, provided a case in point. Speaking at the same panel, he introduced the sustainable and integrated Amazon program, or PICE, which consists of 11 fluvial optical fiber backbone networks with nearly 9,000 km of extension.

The program has benefited more than four million inhabitants in Brazil, Freire noted, adding that “the development of advanced telecommunication infrastructure in the Amazon region shall promote the integration of the communities and digital economy.”


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