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Tech for a Better Planet

Learn more about Huawei’s four areas of focus for creating a better planet with ICT.

By Tao Jingwen, Director of the Board & Director of the CSD Committee, Huawei
Oct 2020
Tao Jingwen

The devastating bushfires in Australia, the thawing permafrost in Siberia, the record-high temperatures of 20°C in Antarctica – these and other environmental crises are a constant reminder of the urgent need to protect nature.

On the journey to an intelligent world, we’re committed to realizing “Tech for a Better Planet” in four key areas: reducing carbon emissions, promoting renewable energy, contributing to a circular economy, and conserving nature with technology. This includes developing green products and solutions that help industries save energy and reduce emissions. We’ve made great progress in improving the efficiency of resource utilization in production, manufacturing, and logistics, and working with global partners to use ICT to conserve natural resources.

We base our energy-saving technologies on environmental impact assessments conducted throughout product lifecycles. Our full outdoor solution for wireless sites, for example, reduces power consumption by 40 percent compared with traditional site solutions. In optical transport, our unique optical fiber printing technology reduces power consumption by 60 percent. And to popularize renewable energy, Huawei has integrated IT into photovoltaic (PV), improving the efficiency of PV power generation. Since 2013, we’ve contributed more than 180 billion kWh of solar power to the world – the equivalent of planting over 200 million trees.

ICT has also displayed huge potential in protecting natural resources and biodiversity. Huawei is working with Rainforest Connection (RFCx) to reduce illegal logging and protect endangered species. Using upcycled Huawei phones and AI, RFCx has deployed rainforest "Guardians" in 14 countries, covering 3,300 km2 of forest. In China, we’ve worked with partners to establish a monitoring system for the Northeast China Tiger and Leopard National Park, protecting endangered Amur tigers and Amur leopards and helping them to repopulate.

Over the next five years, we aim to reduce carbon emissions per unit of sales by 16 percent compared with 2019. We also intend to increase the average energy efficiency of our main products by 2.7 times compared with 2019. 

We pledge to continue collaborating with governments, enterprises, and NGOs in a bid to protect humanity's home and build a fully connected, intelligent world for future generations.