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Environmental Protection

Environmental protection is a crucial part of sustainable development, and Huawei's environmental motto has always been: "Green Huawei, Green Communication, and a Green World". We observe international standards in product development and other business activities, and aim to achieve environmental protection through the wise use of natural resources and technological innovation.

A quick look at the green strategies we pursue at Huawei throughout a product’s lifecycle.

Design: It is our endeavor to develop products which leave a minimal impact on environment. To achieve this, we actively participate in industry standards like ITUT, ATIS, ETSI, JRC, Energy Star and CCSA etc. In addition, we have also set up an internal Eco-Design label certification standard for our products and solutions. We also conduct LCA for our major products.

Manufacturing: Over the last two years, we have achieved a 30 per cent reduction in emissions. We also comply with the “Green Product Certificate Program” and “Green Supply Chain Certification Program”.

Transport: We place a lot of emphasis on transporting products using re-usable green packages.

In-Use: A total of 10,000 base stations powered by hybrid resources were sold in 2010

Re-cycling: We identify professional recycling companies and organizations locally and partner with them as a part of our global recycle platform.

Case Study: One of India’s leading telecom operator, Aircel uses our Green BTS solution which not only reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint but also leads to substantial savings. On an average, this solution offers up to 67 per cent footprint saving for high capacity sites, resulting in savings of $ 6.3 million per annum. There was also a 52 per cent power consumption saving compared to the power saving consumption by the old vendor. A total CO2 emission reduction by 390627 tonne per year was also achieved. We have also deployed solar power telecom sites for Aircel in India at lower CAPEX and OPEX. Huawei’s green solution does not require a diesel generator and provides stable power supply, minimum power consumption and zero CO2 emission.

Environmental Health and Safety

Huawei not only believes in the need to stay at the forefront of technology, but also in the active promotion of environmental awareness and conservation. In order to lead by example, we have implemented the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) management system based on international standards, which strives to provide a safe and healthy working environment for our employees, and aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Increase awareness of the importance of EHS in our design, production and operation processes.
  • Systematically identify potential environmental risks and occupational hazards.
  • Lay down specific EHS requirements for our purchasing strategy, and promote EHS throughout the whole supply chain.
  • Encourage EHS awareness among our employees and cultivate a corporate culture that emphasizes the individual responsibility that each of us have towards the environment.
  • Increase focus on sustainable development through the reduction of energy consumption and efficient usage of resources.
  • Perform internal audit and management review of EHS on a regular basis.

Green Products

To ensure that our EHS objectives are met, we started a "Green Products" program that covers R&D, procurement, production and customer support. The program's execution is being overseen by a tri-level organization to guarantee its full support throughout the company. The top management team, which is made up of our Investment Review Board (IRB) members, decides the general direction that the company should take in terms of environment conservation. The middle management team comprises project managers who focus on business processes, R&D, procurement, production, IT and recycling. The other management team is responsible for the program's actual execution.

Huawei has been engaged in the research and development of environmental-friendly products for several years and emphasizes the importance of eco-design throughout the entire IPD process, from concept development to product launch. We aim to achieve three main goals through eco-design: environment conservation, quality enhancement and the rational and efficient usage of resources.

International Standards and Regulations

As a responsible global corporate citizen, Huawei complies with the most important international standards and environmental policies and regulations.

  • Huawei complies with ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:1999, the most widely-recognized standards on environmental management and occupational health and safety.
  • Huawei's products and product components in the European market comply with RoHS (Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances) and WEEE (Waste from Electric and Electronic Equipment), directives issued by the European Union aimed at recycling and restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Huawei is currently in the process of making preparation to comply with the directive on the eco-design of Energy-using Products (EuP) by 2008, a new regulation that sets eco-design requirements for products that use energy. The impact on the environment will be considered at every stage of the product life cycle and assessed in terms of resource and energy consumption, waste, recycling, emission to air, land and water, noise, vibration, radiation, and EMI, thereby ensuring product quality and environmental protection.

Energy Conservation

Energy conservation is a major aspect of sustainable development and it is crucial to ensure that future generations get to enjoy the natural resources we often take for granted today.

The ability of telecommunications equipment to improve our means of communication is particularly important because it reduces the need for transportation, and thus resources, especially in less developed countries

Taking into consideration customer needs and environmental concerns, Huawei has spent considerable effort in the research and development of telecom equipment that significantly lowers Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Huawei Distributed Node B, for example, was designed to lower operation costs by effectively reducing the cost of leasing, electricity, air-conditioning, and manpower, and has been statistically shown to reduce operation costs in terms of peripheral facilities, equipment room, and electricity consumption. In a UMTS network of 2000 sites, the energy saved by Huawei Distributed Node B compared to a conventional Node B could power around 3.200 homes.

Moreover, Huawei Distributed Node B is dust-tight, waterproof, small, and light, allowing it to be installed at minimal cost. It also complies with the IP65 standard and is suitable for use in harsh environmental conditions.

Wireless technologies offer convenience and enjoyment in communication for billions of people around the world.

Electromagnetic waves are used in wireless communication equipment to send and receive speech, text messages, pictures, video clips, music tracks, data files, and so on. Research on the effect of electromagnetic waves on the human body dates back to the early twentieth century. With the popularity of wireless communication equipment such as mobile phones and base stations, people are showing growing concerns about electromagnetic exposure. These concerns have been duly addressed by health authorities around the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO), International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). So far, no sufficient evidence has been generated to prove that radio waves have caused any adverse health consequence.

As a leading vendor of wireless communication equipment, Huawei places great importance on the effect of radio waves on environments and health. Huawei is dedicated to providing wireless communication products in compliance with electromagnetic exposure standards and regulations. In addition, Huawei cooperates with telecom operators to construct environmentally-friendly networks in compliance with local and national electromagnetic exposure standards.