In the face of accelerating socioeconomic progress and population growth, natural resources are being consumed faster than they are replenished. If this trend continues,sustainable development will be impossible. This resource dilemma is also a major challenge for enterprises: They have to use resources efficiently to maximize value, increase competitiveness, and reduce OPEX.
Water Resource Management
In recent years, water shortages have increased in severity for two reasons. First, water resources are in tremendous demand but they are not being used responsibly. Second,the accelerating pace of industrialization is leading to severe water pollution. For example, the chemical, printing, dyeing,paper, and electroplating sectors use a high volume of water and produce high emissions.
Huawei takes water conservation seriously and has launched water conservation initiatives to better manage our water consumption. By adjusting the proportion of water types and changing the way we use water, we have increased water utilization and reduced waste. For example, we have built facilities to recycle and reuse rainwater, wastewater,reclaimed water, cooling water, and condensates. We have also effectively managed and maintained water supply networks, water facilities, equipment, and appliances to prevent water leakage.
Most of the water we consume in our operations is used for landscaping, canteens, and air-conditioning systems. To reduce water consumption, we have promoted clean production technologies and adopted a variety of measures such as collecting rainwater, recycling cooling water,and buying reclaimed water for cleaning and landscape maintenance on campuses.
In 2015, we used 7 million m3 of water, an increase of 1.5 million m3 year-on-year. This increase is largely attributable to our business growth, larger construction and landscaping areas, and use of reverse osmosis water purification systems on all our campuses across China.
Our effluent discharges come primarily from domestic sewage. Domestic sewage at all of our campuses is sent to municipal wastewater plants for treatment, and is monitored by third parties to ensure compliance with local and national standards.
Lowering the Landfill Rate of Waste
We obey e-waste laws and regulations in all countries in which we operate. By recycling and reusing as many waste products as possible, we have lowered the landfill rate of waste.
Bringing Together Scrapping Service Providers to Effectively Dispose of E-waste
In 2015, we selected leading scrapping service providers in line with our needs and local government requirements. Our close collaboration with these service providers resulted in more effective disposal of e-waste, reduced the rate of waste that went to landfills, and ultimately ensured the green processing of waste.