[Shenzhen, China, July 8, 2021] Huawei held a forum on the subject of “Tech & Sustainability” today in Shenzhen together with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei, gave a welcome speech sharing how innovation has enabled sustainable development and created a greener, smarter world.
Liang Hua said the digital economy has become a new engine of global economic growth and Huawei is committed to making a positive impact through digital technology innovations. Huawei launched the TECH4ALL Digital Inclusion Initiative, which works with governments, businesses and nonprofits to bridge the digital divide and bring universal and undifferentiated digital services to all.
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Ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon!
Welcome to today’s forum! Today we’re going to explore the role technology can play in promoting sustainable development in the digital economy and how we can create a greener, more inclusive smart world.
Climate change has now become a major obstacle to social development. We need to move faster towards low carbon development and green growth models. We also need to protect the environment and promote green economic recovery. These are common goals shared by the world community.
Technology can help. In particular, digital and intelligent technologies are playing an increasingly important role.
Huawei is focused on providing ICT infrastructure and smart devices. We strive to bring the digital to everyone, every home, and every organization to create a fully connected, intelligent world. We use innovative technologies to enable green development, support environmental protection and drive wider digital inclusion. We want to do our part to promote social progress and make the world a better place. This is how we promote sustainability at Huawei.
We will continue to innovate to enable green development, support environmental protection and combat global climate change.
Green and sustainable development is a top priority in world economies. Carbon neutrality has become a globally recognized goal and has initiated a green industrial revolution around the world. Nations and corporations are investing more in clean and renewable energies and reducing carbon emissions as part of their efforts to combat climate change.
Today, digital technologies such as 5G, cloud and AI are driving the digital economy into a new phase. We believe that a digital economy should first and foremost be a green economy. In essence, the ICT industry has worked to use less energy to transmit, process and store more information. Take 5G as an example. Its energy consumption per bit is only a tenth of 4G, but it can provide 30 times the capacity.
ICT technologies are important pioneers in saving energy and reducing emissions in other industries. For example, digital technology helps to improve energy networks and makes data a key resource in the energy internet. Now we can use bits to manage watt and data flows to optimize energy flows. This makes energy networks greener and smarter, more reliable and more efficient.
We have many years of experience in power electronics and energy storage. We have combined this with our technical expertise in 5G, cloud and AI to develop our digital power business and offer power solutions for various industries. We will continue to promote clean power generation, electrify the transport sector, build green ICT infrastructure and focus on smart energy storage. We will combine computers and electricity to drive the smart modernization of the energy sector.
We will also use digital technologies to generate more electricity from renewable sources and optimize energy supply and demand models. This can help accelerate our transition to green energy sources, which will benefit the entire energy sector and the world at large.
By December 2020, Huawei’s digital power products and solutions had generated 325 billion kWh of electricity from renewable sources and saved 10 billion kWh of electricity. These efforts have resulted in a reduction of 160 million tons of CO. guided2 Emissions.
Technology can do more than just drive economic growth. Advances in technology can help us better understand and protect nature, mitigate the impact of human activity on the planet, and make the world a better place. Here are some examples.
We launched the Tech4Nature program with the IUCN. This three-year partnership will test new and bespoke digital technologies to improve conservation impacts in flagship areas in five countries and develop innovative digital tools and solutions for more than 300 protected areas worldwide.
Since 2019, we’ve partnered with Rainforest Connection, a non-profit, to deploy solar-powered sound monitoring systems in forests around the world. The Nature Guardian systems use HUAWEI CLOUD AI and wireless connectivity technologies to detect illegal logging sounds and alert local authorities so they can intervene before it’s too late. By the end of 2020, these Guardians had been deployed in 18 countries on five continents, helping local rangers and conservationists to better protect nature.
We believe technology can drive greater digital inclusion.
The digital economy has become the new engine of economic growth worldwide. At Huawei, we want our technology to have a positive impact. That’s why we work closely with governments, customers, businesses and nonprofits to give back to local communities. We launched the TECH4ALL digital inclusion initiative to overcome the digital divide and enable universal and equal access to digital services.
In Europe, we introduced the StorySign app with local partners. Powered by AI, this app translates popular children’s books into sign language and opens up the world of books to young children with hearing impairments. By the end of 2020, more than 70 different children’s books in 15 sign languages were available in the app, including Libra, Spanish Sign Language, French Sign Language and British Sign Language.
In New Zealand, Huawei helped launch vehicle-mounted medical clinics called MAiPODs. With 4G, Wi-Fi 6 and a dedicated cloud platform, any MAiPOD can support remote consultations with doctors and specialists in real time and provide timely medical services to disadvantaged families.
In Kenya, Huawei is working with UNESCO to turn freight containers into mobile, digital classrooms that provide digital skills to teachers, women and young entrepreneurs in remote regions. This gives them equal access to digital educational resources. Through these efforts, the future of many young people will change for the better.
In China, Huawei is working with its partners to develop several scenario-based distance learning solutions using technologies such as 5G, cloud and AI. This makes it easier for more people to acquire knowledge and skills online.
We believe that digital talent will play a more important role in driving digital transformation and driving the digital economy forward. Digital skills and literacy are not just the basis for the digital economy. They have been classified as a basic human right by the United Nations.
Huawei is committed to helping develop digital talent in the countries where it operates. We began introducing talent development programs in 2008, including scholarships, technology competitions, and digital skills training, and have since helped 1.54 million people from over 150 countries. Huawei has invested more than $ 150 million in these programs. Today we announce our Seeds for the Future 2.0 program as part of our ongoing talent development efforts. We plan to invest $ 150 million in digital talent development over the next five years, which is expected to benefit more than 3 million additional people. We hope that in the future more people and organizations will join our TECH4ALL initiative to support our digital talent development programs.
Open collaboration is the best way forward, so we hope to work closely with scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs from all over the world. By innovating together, we can better balance economic growth and environmental protection and promote green and sustainable development
Huawei is committed to working with its global partners for mutual success. We will use innovative technologies to help protect the environment, drive wider digital inclusion and drive greater sustainability. Together we will build a fully connected, intelligent world.