Digital technology is rapidly changing the world. This does not just include economies and society, but also the natural environment, which is the very basis of our survival.
As digitalization continues to advance rapidly, ICT infrastructure is becoming smarter and can offer faster and smoother connectivity. But ICT infrastructure and the smart devices that run on it consume huge amounts of energy and resources. The ICT industry is now facing the significant challenge of how to maximize the efficiency of networks and minimize energy and resource consumption, as well as other environmental impacts, without compromising network performance or user experience.
Meanwhile, advances in digital technology are creating new possibilities for environmental sustainability. According to Huawei's Global Industry Vision (GIV), by 2025 carbon emissions per ICT connection will be reduced by 80% on average. ICT is becoming an important enabling technology for a greener world. ICT-enabled power saving and reduction of carbon emissions will far exceed the industry's own power consumption and carbon emissions. In 2025, this will be 11 times higher than the current level.
This will present challenges, but will also create even more opportunities. We need to minimize environmental impacts and risks, and use innovative digital technologies to create new opportunities for promoting the sustainable development of the Earth's ecosystem.