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Huawei takes part in Responsible Business 2021

Huawei links with “Responsible Business 2021

MANILA – Huawei took part in the recent three-day Responsible Business 2021, a virtual event organized by Reuters Events, which served as a platform for providing business-critical, actionable insights. The event took place from June 1-3 this year.

Resource persons from governments, international organizations and business shared their view about the international agreements, commitments and measures toward global sustainability transition.

Among of the objectives of the event were to provide strategies to create a new structure and model to assess new opportunities. AS sustainability fast becoming the business itself and not a different agenda, business opportunities from green new deals that are intended to drive economic growth at the same time addressing climate change concerns. Industries like ICT have been at the façade, providing enabling technology for a greener world. ICT-enabled power savings and carbon emission reductions will far exceed the industry’s own, helping greatly conserve energy and reduce emissions worldwide.

In a statement, Catherine Chen, Huawei Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of the board said carbon neutrality, circular economy, energy efficiency or waste management are at the heart of the needed sustainability transition during her keynote address.

She underscored the importance of reducing carbon emissions and fostering the use of renewable energy, and highlighted Huawei Smart PV solution which is being widely used in over 60 countries.

“All in all, when deployed in large ground0based power plants, Huawei smart PV solutions can help cut power generation costs by 7%. When used in enterprise campuses and households, they can increase power yields by 2% and reduce power consumption costs,” Ms. Chen said.

She added as a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei is committed to minimizing its environmental impact in production, operations, and throughout the lifecycles of its products and services. The main objective is to cut carbon emissions, promote renewable energy, and contribute to more regenerative economic systems.

It was learned that Huawei worked with 93 of its top 100 suppliers to set a carbon emission reduction target in 2020. The PV power plants on Huawei campuses generated 12.6 million kWh of electricity and 1.55 billion kWh of clean energy was used, reducing carbon emissions by more than 620,000 tons.

The device recycling program was expanded to cover 48 countries and regions, and recycled more than. 4,500 tons of electronic waste. Huawei was among the top 5% of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) “A List” companies, out of the 9,000 companies scored by CDP on their climate change disclosures last year.

The event featured respected leaders and high level government officials from HRH The Prince of Wales, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, President of Costa Rica, Nadia Calviño, Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Spain, Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission, Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact, Pierre Gragamegna, Minister of Finance, Luxemburg, Tina Bru, Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Norway, Jochen Flasbart, State Secretary at Ministry for the Environment, nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany, Thomas Dermine, State Secretary for Economic Recovery and Strategic Investments, Ministry of the Economy and Employment, Belgium, and Hilde Hardemann, Head – Service for Policy Instruments (FPI), European Commission.

“Responsible Business 2021 clearly articulated the pressing demand for businesses to re-think parts, it not all, of their businesses. This event also provided a great platform for new definitive actions, new ways of collaborating and open innovation among all stakeholders. Companies like Huawei can play a vital role in ensuring the just transition and can serve as a role model for companies transform their businesses,” said Liam Dowd, Managing Director, Reuters Events Sustainable Business.

Huawei was a Gold Sponsor of this year’s Responsible Business online event. (Melo M. Acuña)

Catherine Chen, Huawei Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of the Board delivering her keynote at Reuters Events' Responsible Business 2021. (Huawei Photo)

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