‘ICT can cut global CO2 emissions by 20pc’

Special Correspondent

6 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

ICT technologies can be utilized to reduce total global carbon emissions by up to 20 percent, according to a top Chinese teach giant boss.

"We are supporting other industries to reduce their carbon footprint through ICT solutions,” said David Li, president of Huawei Western Europe.

Speaking at a session titled “Huawei Day 0 Green Forum” recently, he focused on how the ICT industry can use green digital telecommunications services to support its customers.

The special session was held at the MWC Barcelona 2021, said a press release. MWC Barcelona 2021 was held from June 28 to July 1 in Barcelona, Spain.

Li said, “ICT industry's carbon footprint accounts for only about 2 percent of total emissions. But the ICT technologies can be used to reduce total global emissions by up to 20 percent."

The forum this year focused on how the ICT industry is embracing the EU Green Deal and how digital technologies are contributing to sustainable development in the region through case studies on green telecom network strategies and key challenges operators face when trying to achieve carbon neutrality. Li 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.  “Thus, using bits to manage watts is to use digital technologies to achieve more efficient energy management.”

Many other prominent industry stakeholders also attended the session.

They highlighted the importance of the ICT in the region's green plans.

The session was also addressed, among others, Susana Solís Pérez, member at European Parliament, Steven Moore, head of climate at GSMA, Monica Sala, chief technology officer at Orange Spain, Juan Manuel Caro Bernat, director of operational transformation at Telefónica Group; Blanca Ceña, managing director of Vantage Towers Spain, and James Crawshaw, principal analyst of service provider operations and IT at Omdia Informa Tech.

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, the speakers said.

The recent announcement by Huawei reaffirms their commitment to supporting the process.