Mr. Abel Deng, CEO of Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Powering a sustainable, low-carbon Thailand
As the world moves towards the trend of net-zero carbon emissions for the future, the Thai government has set itself the goal of “carbon neutrality 2050”. With the economy growing exponentially, the world’s resources are being depleted, leading to constant emissions of carbon and greenhouse gases. This has led to climate change and global warming, which has become an urgent issue that requires all parties to come together to find a solution using digital technology. Additionally, digitalization in the corporate sector amid the Covid-19 pandemic has helped to accelerate the overall process of greater digitalization. Several countries, including Thailand, have established a national program to reduce carbon emissions through innovations to ensure sustainable development, which is in line with the goal of carbon neutrality. In addition, Thailand’s Ministry of Energy has set out its strategy with a mission to boost Thailand’s economy with the support of Huawei Thailand to boost the country’s green development using digital technology.
‘Green Development’ – the future trend of the world
Mr. Abel Deng, Chairman and CEO, Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., delivered a speech on the importance of sustainable development and digital technology at the “Go Green 2022” event, boosting green businesses and fueling a low-carbon society, saying, “Green development means promote economic growth while ensuring the sustainable functioning of natural resources and social well-being. As human society looks to the future, digitalization and low-carbon usage have become two of the hottest topics in the world, as well as the two main approaches to green development. Globally, more than 66 countries and regions have set national carbon neutrality goals and roadmaps, and more than 170 countries have announced national digital strategies, representing about 87% of countries worldwide.
Mr. Abel highlighted how digitalization has become key to supporting Thailand’s and the world’s recovery and growth. For example, every 10% increase in fixed broadband penetration will increase GDP by 0.8% to 2.3%; every 10% increase in mobile broadband penetration will increase GDP by 1.5% to 2.8%. In the future, digital technologies including 5G, cloud and AI will take primary responsibility for driving economic growth. According to the latest report from the World Bank, since the outbreak of Covid-19, the adoption of digital and disruptive technologies generates up to 110.1 billion baht (3.4 billion dollars) each year in investments, savings and additional revenue for Thailand. Besides playing a vital role in driving the digital economy, digitalization is also the key to green development. This is true insofar as if there were no digital, there would be no green development.
“Huawei is very happy to see that Thailand is the first country in ASEAN to embark on the path of carbon neutrality. Thailand has proposed the Carbon Neutrality 2050 roadmap to combat climate change, which is compliant with the EU milestone, and Huawei believes digitalization will be key to realizing this vision.Thailand has an advantage as the country is already a leader in 5G technology, with more than 10,000 base stations. 5G base nationwide – with installation supported by Huawei We also see the potential in Thailand, which prompted us to launch our Cloud business as well as the Digital Power business to serve Thai customers and help the Thailand to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal,” he added.
Huawei unveils solutions to achieve a low-carbon society, propelling Thailand towards sustainability
Mr. Abel also commented on the approach Huawei has taken to help reduce carbon emissions globally as well as in Thailand: “Huawei has already committed to making its products 2.7 times more energy efficient by achieving breakthroughs in theory, materials and algorithms throughout the lifecycle, including operations and networks.Thailand has formally established the National Carbon Neutral Program by 2050 and the visionary goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2065.
In order to achieve this goal, we need to start with Thailand’s top three CO2 emitting sectors: the power industry (37%), transport (29%) and industrial emissions (28%). Huawei would like to highlight four important digital power solutions for Thailand, each playing a unique role in driving green development:
- Economical 4th Generation Solar Power Technology: After decades of development, PV technology has evolved into the 4th generation over the past five years. The current levelized cost of electricity can be as high as $0.037 per kilowatt hour. Self-operating and maintaining modules and features facilitate deployment on residential rooftops.
- Smart String Energy Storage Systems (ESS): The combination of lithium battery and digital control technology makes the Smart String Energy Storage system more and more popular, which basically solves the problem of discontinuous solar and wind power generation.
- All scenarios and modular green technology for data centers and communication sites: According to Huawei Research, 6% of energy consumption will come from ICT by 2030. Therefore, we need to deploy green data centers and 5G base stations from the start.
- Economical EV and super-fast charging technology: The widely deployed charging pile, fuel-efficient electric vehicles and 1,000 km long-range electric vehicles will enable Thailand to travel carbon-free over the next decade.
In addition, Huawei also introduced the industrial Smart PV solution “FusionSolar Residential Smart PV” as the first residential PV solution in Thailand. The solution combines AI and cloud technology with PV technology to produce balanced energy, with the level of quality, security and reliability guaranteed by Smart O&M and Grid Supporting, laying the foundation for solar energy as the main source energy for the future. The solution is aimed at both individuals and businesses. Although a new business unit, Huawei already has a retail customer base – from department stores and universities to enterprises that require data center management. This is in line with the mission of the Ministry of Energy as well as the national agenda to drive the country towards carbon neutrality. Huawei believes that as we look to the future, energy will be greener and smarter, and an “energy internet” will emerge.
“In the face of a multitude of uncertainties and opportunities, digitalization and low-carbon use are the two most widely embraced consensuses around the world. As a green energy solutions leader, ICT partner and accelerator of digital transformation, Huawei is committed to making Thailand the ASEAN leader in low-carbon societies. The company will continue to innovate and leverage green energy, collaborating with government and industry partners to make the world a better place. We will achieve a digital, clean and sustainable Thailand by bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, smart and low-carbon country,” concluded Mr. Abel.