[Africa, June 10, 2021] Hosted by Informatech and co-hosted by Huawei, the Green ICT webinar was successful. The theme of this online webinar is “Building a Green Africa, Bridging the Energy Gap”. Experts from around the world share their experiences and explore how to use technological innovations to help the world’s major economies effectively achieve carbon neutrality.
Carbon neutrality is a very important subject for our planet today, and it represents a common goal for all humanity. 28 countries around the world have officially committed to carbon neutrality targets.
There are still great challenges to be met in order to achieve this goal. First, fossil fuels represent more than 70% of electricity production. We need to increase the proportion of clean energy, such as solar energy, to reduce carbon emissions in power generation. Second, with the rapid development of the intelligent world, the power consumed by data centers and global sites will reach 1.6 trillion kilowatt-hours by 2025. The intelligent world benefits our humanity, but at the cost of massive power consumption. . Finding ways to build a greener smart world is an important mission for us. On the other hand, 800 million people in the world are still without electricity, and the lack of energy prevents them from enjoying the benefits of the digital world.
James LI, Huawei Supervisory Board Member and President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service at Huawei Digital Power.
“At the heart of carbon neutrality, there are three important paths: low carbon energy, electrification and intelligent energy management”said James LI, member of the Huawei Supervisory Board and President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service at Huawei Digital Power. He stressed that “More specifically, we must increase the production of green energy, improve the energy efficiency of all industries, develop supportive policies and reduce OPEX by reducing emissions. We want to provide a digital energy target network to help pave the way for a green and low-carbon Africa. The essence of digital power is to integrate cloud, AI and bit technology with power generation, thermal and energy storage technology. We are ready and willing to give our full support to building a green Africa and bridging the energy gap ”.
Major operators around the world are taking aggressive measures for carbon neutrality. For example, Orange has committed to using 50% renewable energy by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2040.
Nat-Sy Missamou, Senior Vice President Orange Energy underlined that “Digital technology is a powerful tool to improve inclusion in a society. We want to use digital technology to reduce inequalities in access to energy and impact the daily lives of populations. How can telecommunications companies become strategic partners of energy producers in reducing barriers to access to energy in sub-Saharan Africa? Orange believes that investing in digital solutions to reduce inequalities in the field is very important. Access to energy is a key issue that can accelerate the economic development of an entire region. It is important to bring together the efforts of all stakeholders to achieve this goal. Telecom operators can play an essential role as partners of energy producers. The digital transformation and the application of more green energy not only helps the African economy, but also brings excellent environmental benefits and improved living conditions for Africans. “
Innovative technologies are accelerating the development of the digital world, bringing new ideas, models and practices to all industries, and also changing the way people live. Huawei’s innovative digital power solutions will create values not only for business success, but also for sustainable and green development. Huawei is committed to building a green Africa, bridging the energy gap. Thanks to zero carbon sites, zero carbon data centers, smart photovoltaic solutions, etc., together we will build a green, connected and smart Africa.