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Green World

Huawei is deeply concerned with climate change. We are committed to contributing to a low-carbon world by providing clean energy solutions, and enabling smart cities and industries which produce fewer carbon emissions. Through these efforts, we aim to make the world greener.

Circular Economy

Resources are the lifeblood of human development. The growing global economy is driving increased competition for resources,sometimes to crisis levels, and the extensive model for economic growth has led to resource scarcity and environmental pollution. This realization has sparked widespread interest in a new circular economy model.

Huawei is committed to comprehensive resource management, and to using the latest technology to improve resource efficiency. We have incorporated circular economy practices into the entire product lifecycle to create our circular economy business model, including cradle to cradle practices for sustainable resource use.

Product Design for the Circular Economy

Bringing the circular economy concept into product design is the starting point for maximizing value recovery and reducing environmental pollution. Huawei uses a platform-based,modular approach to design to extend the working life of products while still allowing for technological advances and network evolution; to increase reliability, maintainability, and the use of green materials; and to fully realize the value of every product.

Business Models for the Circular Economy

We have put in place a global management system for returned materials, incorporating the collection, storage, disassembly,testing, repair, and disposal of waste. Every scrapped item is categorized by lifecycle phase and quality, so that we can recover as much of its value as possible. Reusable materials are allocated to our internal reuse channels – such as the R&D,manufacturing, parts, and assets departments – where materials are reused or auctioned off. Non-reusable materials are allocated to the raw material recycling channel, in which certified recycling service providers dismantle and recycle the materials.

In 2015, we updated our disposal strategy and process. Rather than destroying optical cables, fiber leads, power supply components, heat sinks, and other waste products and components, we are now auctioning them as scrap, creating a secondary lifecycle and reducing waste.
These strategies helped us reduce carbon emissions by 355.7 tons.

Global Green Recycling Program

In 2015, we expanded the Global Green Recycling Program, in which we strive to fulfill our extended producer responsibility by taking back scrapped mobile phones and tablets. As part of our Circular Economy approach, the expanded program provides a channel for our consumers to recycle their e-waste, helping maximize product value and ensure legal disposal.

2015 saw the beginning of the phase 2 program. By the end of 2015, we had 444 recycling stations in 23 countries and regions; 166 of the recycling stations had been added in China, and 102 added in 14 other countries and regions this year.

Phone Trade-in Program

In 2015, Huawei’s Consumer Business Group (BG) launched a trade-in program for mobile phones. This program has increased the recycling and reuse rates in China and around the world.

The trade-in program is currently available in China and Malaysia. It operates through Vmall online stores, where consumers can trade in their old phones for new ones. This brings the phone recycling program directly to consumers,encouraging higher levels of recycling and reuse; and it offers consumers an improved, discounted buying experience. Owing to this program, the environment is protected, and sustainable development is guaranteed.

As of the end of 2015, we had recovered an average of 4,177 phones every month, 40% of which were Huawei phones.

Vmall phone trade-in page for Malaysia


Contributing to a Greener World

Huawei is deeply concerned with climate change. We are committed to contributing to a low-carbon world by providing clean energy solutions, and enabling smart cities and industries which produce fewer carbon emissions. Through these efforts, we aim to make the world greener.

Smart Network Energy Solutions

In the ICT industry, a large portion of carbon emissions comes from generating the electricity used to power telecom networks(for transmitting information) and data centers (for storing information), though powering devices is also a significant factor. As more and more devices and equipment are connected, they will generate and transmit more information. This will require more network equipment and data centers, with a subsequent increase in the energy usage. To cope with these changes, Huawei has provided and deployed highly energy-efficient products and solutions to reduce carbon emissions.

Our highly energy-efficient network energy solutions and clean (solar) energy solutions have helped customers reduce energy consumption. We never cease innovating and we have proactively employed the latest technologies to help customers upgrade their existing energy systems.

Huawei’s Micro-modular Data Center Solution Helps China Unicom Guizhou Cut the PUE of Equipment in a Cloud Center to 1.3

As data usage climbs globally, data centers (DCs) are increasingly using more energy. We have constructed more than 660 DCs globally (including over 255 cloud DCs), and reduced their power usage effectiveness (PUE) to 1.45 thanks to our ongoing innovation and efforts over the past years. If natural cooling is used, this number can be further reduced to 1.2, ranking among the best in the industry.

Our micro-modular DC solutions are green, efficient, and particularly useful for on-demand DC deployment.

We have deployed micro modules for the China Unicom Guizhou cloud data center, with one micro module cluster integrating 48,000 servers. These modules are powered by uninterruptible power supply systems and use in-row air-conditioning technology to ensure precision cooling. We have also adopted leading technologies to drive energy efficiency improvements in areas such as buildings, electric systems, power supply systems, and equipment rooms. As a result, PUE can be further reduced to 1.3, far below that of traditional equipment rooms which stays between 1.5-1.8.

Huawei Helps Telstra Build a Highly Reliable and Efficient Power System

As Australia’s largest telecom company and a global Top 20 carrier, Telstra has 16 million mobile subscribers and 11.2 million fixed line subscribers, providing a full portfolio of communications products and services.

While providing high-quality communications services, Telstra also works to save energy and reduce emissions. Before cooperating with Huawei, Telstra planned to cut carbon emissions by 62% from 2015 to 2017 compared with its 2013 benchmarks. Its power system was old and unreliable, and it was hard to acquire spare parts. Energy efficiency was only 89.27% and power consumption was high across the network. As a result, Telstra’s power system was in urgent need of upgrading.

As a leading communications energy solutions provider, Huawei is committed to providing our customers with efficient energy solutions. To meet Telstra’s immediate need for energy conservation, emissions reduction, and reliability, we upgraded their power system by deploying rectifier modules with the world’s highest efficiency (98%). After the upgrade, the power system’s efficiency jumped to 97.96% (8.7% higher), saving 13,800 kWh of electricity per site per year, and cutting CO2 emission by 13.75 tons per site per year. 

We also reused Telstra’s existing cabinets. With our ultra-dense energy solution, we saved 20U of space in existing cabinets that can later be used to house communications equipment and remove space constraints on capacity expansion.

Clean Energy

More telecom sites will appear as network coverage and capacity worldwide continue to expand. This will inevitably incur higher carbon emissions. To zalleviate this problem,Huawei provides our customers with energy-efficient network energy solutions which consume less energy at telecom sites.On top of that, we are adopting clean energy solutions, such as solar-powered base stations, to minimize carbon emissions.

With our advanced energy scheduling technologies, we can intelligently schedule the use of solar energy, power grids,stored energy, and diesel for base stations. In addition to ensuring a sufficient power supply for sites, we have refined our power supply structure to prioritize the use of clean energy and circular energy storage systems. In areas without stable electric grids, we have deployed our solar hybrid energy solution, which significantly lowers energy use and O&M costs for telecom sites.

Our pioneering smart photovoltaic (PV) plant solution is based on our two decades of experience in diverse spheres, including digital information, Internet, and PV technologies. Inspired by new concepts such as all digital,simplicity, and global and automated O&M, we aim to construct smart PV power plants that feature efficient electricity generation, smart O&M, and safe and reliable operations. PV power plants such as these will allow customers to enhance their return on investment and use clean energy on a larger scale worldwide.

Contributing to a Low-carbon Society with Huawei’s Smart PV Power Plant Solution

Huawei’s latest smart PV solution provides an open platform which is viable under diverse use scenarios such as fishery,subsidence areas, mountainous areas, and agriculture. The solution helps boost electricity generation and results in a 50% increase in O&M efficiency. It can also cut carbon emissions and deliver socioeconomic benefits.

Customers can apply the smart PV solution in their farms,without taking up the arable land. The land can thus generate revenue both from the electricity and from agricultural use.Our solution is both energy-efficient and ecologically friendly.

Smart PV plant in the UK

Greener World Activities

Energy Efficiency Summits 2015 for a Greener and Better Connected World 

In 2015, Huawei embarked on its journey toward green energy and held several Energy Efficiency Summits themed “Together Building a Greener and Better Connected World”.The Melbourne summit held in July 2015 and the Dubai summit held in November 2015 brought together over 200 energy experts from more than 30 carriers, telecom organizations, and analyst institutions. 

By giving keynote speeches, sharing practices relating to communication energy, and discussing industry trends, attendees explored the key driving forces for sustainable energy and cost saving in the ICT industry. 

Enabler of a Green World

Research by Huawei shows that, with increasing mobile Internet speeds, carriers' energy consumption is increasing much faster than revenue growth – a trend that will eat into profits if it continues. Carriers can therefore benefit greatly from energy-saving solutions.

Huawei manages the energy efficiency of communications networks at two levels: equipment and infrastructure. This managerial approach allows us to design well-targeted energy-saving measures. In addition, Huawei has proposed the Top N methodology for energy efficiency management. This quantitative approach maximizes carriers' network energy efficiency and profits.

Using Huawei's leading electricity management solution and optimized temperature control approach, carriers can reduce the energy consumption of power and temperature control systems by 40–80%.

Source: Huawei

Industry-leading power system that decreases energy loss by over 80%

Huawei's products and solutions enable enterprises and industries to operate more efficiently with less energy use. In the future, we will continue to build a greener, low-carbon world. The following diagram shows some of our successful cases in helping enterprises and industries increase energy efficiency.

Constructing an IoT-enabled Building

All countries have recognized the importance of conserving energy and reducing emissions. This has given rise to an increasing number of green buildings that greatly reduce carbon emissions. However, re-planning is almost impossible for many existing buildings, especially when it comes to redesign the high- and low-voltage current systems of old buildings.

DTZ is a global leader in property services. One of its customers – University of Melbourne – follows the Green Star certification program championed by the Australian government, and thus has stringent requirements on the energy consumption of its buildings. Both DTZ and the university found it hard to comply with the five-star criteria to modernize buildings that were built decades ago, if not over a century ago. They needed smarter and greener buildings.

With the help of Huawei and DTZ, University of Melbourne deployed an energy efficiency management solution to intelligently control lighting systems and air-conditioners inside all its buildings. Huawei also helped the university expand its network capacity with software services. In addition, all buildings were centrally managed and connected by a new flexible access system. Thanks to these measures, the university met the Green Star five-star criteria, reducing energy costs by as much as 30%.

The IoT will do more than just reduce energy consumption – Internet-connected buildings can put context-aware services into the hands of everyone. The IoT will definitely bring new business opportunities and services.

Energy efficiency solution for buildings at University of Melbourne

Building a greener world cannot be achieved by a single company; it requires joint efforts. Huawei plays an active part in setting green standards, and has joined green organizations and forums. Through close collaboration and smooth communication, we aim to exert a positive influence and contribute to a greener world.

Hosting the 4th ITU Green Standards Week to Set the Vision for Smart Sustainable Cities

The Huawei-hosted ITU Green Standards Week was officially convened in Beijing on September 22, 2014. This was the first time that the ITU had held a Green Standards Week in China. Attendees included the ITU-T Secretary-General, ITU-T SG5 Chair, and representatives from government departments (e.g., China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and other national authorities from Asia Pacific countries) and carriers (e.g., NTT, Telefonica, and Orange).

Attendees discussed a range of topics at the Forum on "Green ICT for a sustainable resource efficient economy", Forum on "E-waste: the inconvenient truth", High-Level Forum on "Setting the vision for smart sustainable cities", Forum on "Using EMF to achieve the smartest sustainable city", and regional meeting of ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for Asia and the Pacific. Smart cities were a hot topic during the event. In this context, we are committed to building smart sustainable cities, and have developed a series of solutions for smart governance, safe cities, smart transportation, smart campuses, smart healthcare, and smart education. Our smart city solutions have already been applied in more than 100 countries worldwide.

At this year's ITU Green Standards Week, we comprehensively explored the features of smart sustainable cities and discussed methods for building sustainable cities to set the pace and contribute to a greener world.

The Huawei-hosted ITU Green Standards Week was convened in Beijing in September.

Anders Karlborg, President of Huawei's Logistics Department, introduced the "Huawei Reverse Strategy Under Circular Economy"