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Green Pipe

Our approach to environmental protection is based on the concept of the circular economy, which seeks to improve resource and energy efficiency and enable the reuse of raw materials, components, and products. At the product design stage, we aim to maximize product lifespan and ensure easy take-back, maintenance, recycling, and reuse. Our design approach also adopts the lifecycle assessment (LCA) methodology and tools to help us select recyclable or compostable materials, thus minimizing material use. We are committed to providing our customers with green and efficient products and solutions that consume less energy, so as to lower operating expenses (OPEX) and carbon emissions.

Leading Green ICT Technologies

We strive to provide highly efficient and energy-saving green products and solutions that help customers slash their operating expenses and carbon emissions. To make this happen, we have embedded green requirements into our end-to-end product lifecycle, from development and manufacturing to delivery and O&M. All our offerings meet or exceed applicable laws, regulations, standards, and customer requirements, allowing our customers to enhance their environmental performance. Through continuous technological innovation, we offer energy-efficient solutions for networks, sites, and equipment that enable customers to operate at lower costs and with higher energy efficiency.

Green Certification for Mobile Phones

We are conscious of the environment when we design our consumer products, and we implement rigorous controls throughout product lifecycles, from selection of raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, transportation, and usage to scrapping, disposal, and recycling. Our goal is to minimize the impact of our products on the environment.

In 2016, Huawei smartphones, including the P9 series, Mate 9 series, and Honor 8, received the highest level (Platinum) of UL110 certification.

L110 Platinum Certification for Huawei Mate 9

In 2016, we implemented the following initiatives regarding energy conservation and emissions reduction of our products and solutions:

  • We saw high energy efficiency as a key element of our design and development activities, and part of our effort to continue to improve our product and solution capabilities. Through low-power chips, efficient cooling of power supply, improved software design, and dynamic energy management technologies, we increased the energy efficiency of core routers and wireless base stations by 18% and 20% compared with 2015.

Switch Products Awarded TÜV Rheinland Green Mark Certificate

At HUAWEI CONNECT in August 2016, TÜV Rheinland granted Green Mark certificates to two models of the Huawei S5320 series switches. Equipped with the Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) technology, the switches can start working immediately after being powered up. When there is no traffic passing through the switch port, the port's PHY chip shuts down automatically, which can save power consumption of the entire device by 30%. The entire switch also supports sleep mode power saving. When there's no traffic passing through the switch, the switch chip can be set to sleep mode. In doing so, the switch saves power consumption by more than 63%.

Huawei switch products awarded Green Mark Certificate

Contributing to Low-carbon Networks with Our Highly Energy-efficient Cluster Router

In September 2016, Huawei released the NE5000E 1T cluster router at the annual IP Technology Gala. The cluster router, with a capacity of up to 128 Tbit/s, supports flexible 1 Tbit/s line card and high-density 100GE/10GE ports. With capacity doubled, the router will be able to meet traffic demand for the next 5 to 10 years.

Enabled by innovative energy-saving technologies such as the cutting-edge chip design, and dynamic frequency modulation, our NE5000E cluster router is energy efficient. It consumes as little as 0.9 Wh of electricity per gigabyte of data per second, 40% more efficient than the industry average. The router supports SDN-based traffic optimization, which allows balanced optimization of network-wide bandwidth utilization and flexible adjustment of traffic at the data center egress. These features maximize the usage of network resources. As the router is compatible with legacy 400G and 100G line cards, it has a longer lifespan, thus helping protect our customers' investment.

Huawei releases the NE5000E 1T 2+8 cluster router at the annual IP Technology Gala

  • We researched innovative energy-saving technologies to support future network evolutions: In active collaboration with universities and research institutes from home and abroad, we made ground-breaking progress in multiple 5G areas such as Massive MIMO, network architecture, air interface, and all-digital radio frequency technology. These technologies lower end-to-end network costs while boosting spectrum utilization and energy efficiency. In other domains, we worked closely with customers to enhance their energy efficiency and contribute to their goals of achieving energy savings and CO2 emissions reduction.
  • We provided services to enhance the energy performance of customers' existing networks. Network modernization is an efficient, cost-effective approach which carriers can adopt to cope with rapid business development. Energy conservation is one of the key factors needed to push network modernization. We help customers redesign networks according to actual conditions such as traffic distribution, networking characteristics, and the power consumption of equipment and infrastructure. Our energy conservation solutions and configuration policies are highly feasible and ensure the networks' quality of service. In 2016, we applied multiple technologies to reduce the energy usage of our base stations, such as Symbol Power Saving, RF Channel Intelligent Shutdown, and Carrier Intelligent Shutdown. These technologies, now widely used in carrier networks, reduce the energy usage of remote radio units by more than 20% during non-peak hours.

New-Generation Kirin 960 Chip Achieves Improvement in Performance and Energy Efficiency

The Huawei Mate 9 Pro is equipped with a new-generation Kirin 960 System-On-a-Chip (SOC), featuring pioneering Cortex A73 CPU and Mali G71MP8 GPU. Compared with its predecessor, the Kirin 960, with a multicore CPU, is 18% more efficient and consumes 15% less energy. GPU image processing has also been greatly improved, with a 20% increase in energy efficiency.

  • Through open collaboration, we drove the research and development of energy conservation and carbon reduction standards for the ICT industry. In 2016, we were an active member of and major contributor to energy conservation and carbon reduction standards teams of ITU, ETSI, 3GPP and CCSA, and we submitted multiple proposals. These proposals involved base stations, radio access networks, routers, servers, NFV, and circular economy in the ICT sector. We thus helped boost the standards' accuracy and feasibility.

Huawei's SEE Became International Standard After ITU Approval

In 2016, Huawei's Site Energy Efficiency (SEE) proposal was approved by ITU as an official international standard. The SEE indicator can be further divided into telecom equipment efficiency (TEE) and infrastructure energy efficiency (IEE). The division of energy efficiency indicators can help analyze and solve energy efficiency issues through understanding and comparing the indicators of different sub-networks and sites. Therefore, SEE is better suited to telecom and tower operators' construction and O&M organizations, and can facilitate quantitative management of energy savings and emissions reduction efforts. 

Paolo Gemma, President of the ITU-SG5 WP3, introducing Huawei's SEE standard

Use of Renewable Materials

Bioplastics offer unrivaled advantages in terms of environmental protection as compared to traditional plastics. Unlike traditional plastics, bioplastics are made from plant-based raw materials which are a substitute for nonrenewable resources such as oil. This helps protect the environment and the earth's nonrenewable resources.

In 2016, Huawei utilized bioplastics in smartphone products including the P9, P9 Plus, Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, and the Honor 8. The bioplastics used in these products contain more than 30% castor oil, and achieve a reduction in CO2 by 60% compared with traditional oil-based plastics.

The Mate 9 shell utilizes bioplastics

To minimize the impact of our product packaging on forest resources, Huawei has sought FSC® certified packaging for our products. FSC is a supply chain management certification that ensures the materials for our packaging come from well-managed sustainable forests.

In 2016, the packaging for many of our products was FSC certified, including the P9, P9 Plus, P9 Lite, Honor V8, Nova, Nova Plus, Mate 9, Mate 9 Pro, and Honor Magic.

Management of Hazardous Substances

Hazardous substances are substances that pose a potential danger to people, other living things, or the environment. As environmental problems continue to escalate and technologies advance worldwide, more and more substances are being banned or their use curtailed. Complying with laws and regulations such as RoHS and REACH on hazardous substances is not our only goal: We have gone one step further by restricting the use of hazardous substances that are not yet prohibited but which can significantly affect the environment. In 2016, Huawei restricted the use of six substances in our consumer products, including new mobile phones, tablets, and wearables. These substances include brominated flame retardants, chlorinated flame retardants, PVC, phthalates, antimony trioxide, and beryllium and beryllium compounds.

Green Packaging

Huawei strictly complies with environmental regulations across the entire lifecycle of packaging materials, including selection, manufacturing, usage, and disposal. We have implemented a green packaging strategy with Right Packaging as the core. Our renewable steel pallet plus high-density cardboard packaging solution has replaced wooden pallets and plywood crates, cutting our use of forest products and emissions of green house gas.

In 2016, Huawei shipped 621,000 units of green packaging, saving 123,000 m3 of wood and 225,000 tons of CO2 emissions.