Spread Monday , 15 November 2021
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Tackling climate change is an increasing priority on the agenda for most countries in the Middle East. The past year has seen the emergence of new leaders in climate action across the region, and major oil and gas exporters such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia announcing plans to reach net zero emissions by 2020. 2050 and 2060 respectively.
137 countries participating in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which are responsible for 80% of global emissions, have declared their commitment to achieving the net-zero goal. This priority is receiving increased focus in the wake of the COP26 climate summit hosted by Glasgow with the participation of many world leaders.
However, the Middle East region hosted an increasing number of conferences focused on sustainability last year, paving its way towards playing an active role in this field.
Among these conferences is the World Digital Energy Summit 2021, which was recently held in Dubai, UAE, and emphasized the role of cooperation between the public and private sectors in building a low-carbon and greener future through advanced technologies.
The summit was organized by the Huawei Digital Energy Business Unit, a relatively new company of Huawei. The summit welcomed more than 500 participants from 67 countries to discuss the interaction between digital power technology and power electronics. The summit was attended by innovative and pioneering companies in the technology sector such as ACWA Power, Uptime Institute, ENGIE, Group 42, and many others.
Carbon neutrality has become an issue agreed upon by the whole world and a task that most countries in the world are seeking to achieve. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to reduce carbon in energy production, and to regulate energy consumption through electrical technologies.
It is expected that the rates of demand for new and green energy sources will witness increased growth after the pandemic.
Therefore, Huawei sees an opportunity to deeply integrate digital energy technology and power electronics to create low-carbon energy solutions, covering the entire energy flow, from green power generation to energy efficient consumption.
This is embodied in the company's philosophy of harnessing smart technologies to manage electrical energy. In June 2021, Huawei and InformaTech proposed the Network Emission Intensity Initiative (NCI), in which green networks are measured by the carbon emissions generated by each bit of data.
The initiative comes at a time when Huawei has estimated that about 40% of carbon emissions today come from electrical systems. Experts from McKinsey also pointed out the importance of “adopting the latest digital technology and advanced analytics technology” during the transition of the power generation sector to its new reality.
The Middle East, and specifically the Gulf region, is of strategic importance to Huawei's digital energy business, as the region receives about 2,500 hours of sunlight per year, the longest in the world.
There are great opportunities for widespread deployment of photovoltaic and energy storage systems in the region.
Today, there are different uses of artificial intelligence, big data, and the cloud, which contribute to facilitating the operation and maintenance of energy systems more efficiently. Thus, companies can provide the community with cleaner and more stable energy.
Smart PV, data center facilities, mPower systems for electric vehicles, on-site power generation, and integrated power solutions will all be key to driving the energy revolution.
Huawei will cooperate with companies in the GCC in all five areas, as smart PV and data center facilities are of particular importance.
The Digital Transformation Sector Series organized by the World Economic Forum suggests that digital transformation has enormous potential to raise the value of the global electricity sector to $1.3 trillion.
Huawei has reached out to hundreds of companies, consultants, NGOs, and governments around the world to discuss opportunities in the energy sector. The reality is that the Middle East is a major energy producer and a global leader in exploring alternative energy systems. Thus, we see the huge potential of digital power to support national transformation plans in the Middle East in terms of building a better and greener future.
This sounds like a call to action, and will undoubtedly resonate with organizations in the future.