The ICT industry will need to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 45 per cent by 2030 to meet the UNFCCC Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees
Huawei emphasised the need for operators to prioritise energy and find ways to improve energy efficiency during the second day of Win-Win Huawei Innovation Week.
In his keynote speech, President of Huawei’s carrier business group Ryan Ding also called for established baselines where energy efficiency can be measured and used as a guide for the green development of the entire ICT industry.
“Every major advancement in history has been accompanied by a significant improvement in the energy efficiency of information transmission,” Ding told those at the event.
“The increase in carbon emissions generated by exploding data traffic will become a global problem that must be tackled in the next five to ten years. Increasing energy efficiency will be the way forward.”
He says improvements to energy efficiency will benefit operators through user migration, site upgrades, network power reduction, migration to 4G and 5G and reduced carbon footprint.
Huawei has proposed a three-layer solution to help operators achieve energy efficiency goals: green sites, green networks and green operations.
These solutions have been deployed for operators in more than 100 countries including Germany, Turkey and Spain, where the latter country saw an 81 pc increase in energy efficiency due to Huawei’s optical cross-connect solution.
Ding added: “We are now facing an unprecedented challenge: As more and more industries are going digital, the demand for data will rise sharply, which will result in a surge in energy consumption.
“In the meantime, the whole world is working to combat climate change, and the ICT industry must urgently achieve carbon peak and carbon neutrality.”