“Green ICT for a Green World” – Using Bits to Manage Watts


MWC Barcelona 2021 – Huawei Green Forum

Middle East: Huawei inaugurated its participation in MWC Barcelona with the “Green Forum” focused on how the ICT industry and digital technologies are contributing to sustainable development in the world, through case studies on green telecom network strategies and key challenges operators face when trying to achieve carbon neutrality.

In his speech at the event, President of Huawei Western Europe David Li focused on how the ICT industry can use green digital telecommunications services to support its customers: “We are supporting other industries to reduce their carbon footprint through ICT solutions. We call this ICT enablement our ‘carbon handprint’. The ICT industry’s carbon footprint accounts for only about 2% of total emissions. But ICT technologies can be used to reduce total global emissions by up to 20%.”

He also mentioned that Huawei believes in using bits to manage watts. Bits are the basic units of digital information and watts the basic units of energy. Using bits to manage watts is to use digital technologies to achieve more efficient energy management. “Integrating digital and energy technologies lets us use new technological advances in AI, connectivity, and cloud computing to digitalize the energy industry.”

Many other prominent industry stakeholders in attendance at the event also spoke out about the critical importance of ICT in the world’s green plans. European Parliament Member Susana Solís Pérez said, “Practically, every sector can benefit from digital solutions,” and Mobile World Capital Barcelona’s Head of Digital Future Society Carina Lopes said, “Reaching net-zero carbon emissions is not enough. The ICT and telecoms sector has the power to lead and radically transform our society.”

GSMA’s head of climate action Steven Moore pointed out that operators depend on green energy to help achieve the targets in other sectors by saying, “Our message to governments: We can’t switch to renewables by our own.”

Other industry players also spoke out at the event about how advanced ICT technologies are changing the game across multiple industries. The Managing Director of Vantage Towers Spain Blanca Ceña spoke on how they are using Digital Twins to dramatically reduce the need for tower site visits, saying, “We believe that 5G will be a step-change, for the society and for Europe.”

James Crawshaw, Principal Analyst of Service Provider Operations & IT at Omdia Informa Tech, explained how carbon reduction is the new focus for the ICT industry:

“Carbon reduction becomes the new focus – the industry must save energy and reduce carbon emissions. From the energy saving perspective, the focus is shifting from reducing absolute energy consumption to both energy consumption reduction and energy utilization efficiency enhancement. From the carbon reduction perspective, carbon emission per unit of data service is becoming a new measure for network greenness, and an applicable definition is needed to enable better carbon reduction roadmap management.”

Telecom operators have been long-time proponents of global sustainability efforts, with the mobile sector being the first industry vertical to commit to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals back in 2016. Significant work in network transformation is still needed though for operators to reach their zero carbon targets, and today’s announcement by Huawei reaffirms their commitment to supporting this process.

MWC Barcelona 2021 runs from June 28 to July 1 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei will showcase its products and solutions at Stand 1C50 in Hall 1 at Fira Gran Via. For more information, please visit: https://carrier.huawei.com/en/events/mwc2021. 

About Huawei:

Founded in 1987, Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. We have more than 197,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions, serving more than three billion people around the world.

Our vision and mission is to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. To this end, we will drive ubiquitous connectivity and promote equal access to networks; bring cloud and artificial intelligence to all four corners of the earth to provide superior computing power where you need it, when you need it; build digital platforms to help all industries and organizations become more agile, efficient, and dynamic; redefine user experience with AI, making it more personalized for people in all aspects of their life, whether they’re at home, in the office, or on the go.