Huawei has unveiled its Net Zero Campus Framework, a comprehensive guide for campuses to develop a roadmap to net zero carbon emissions by leveraging Huawei’s expertise in campus solutions. The framework helps campuses assess their current situation and plan their transition to clean energy sources while meeting the growing demand for digital services and data processing.
The framework was introduced in a white paper developed with GlobalData and was released during the Huawei Middle East and Central Asia Tech Carnival 2023 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The event’s theme was ‘Leading Digital Infrastructure for New Value Together’. At the event, Huawei showcased its leading digital infrastructure for creating ‘New Value Together’ with its government and enterprise customers, partners, universities, analysts and the media.
Safder Nazir, Senior Vice President, Public Sector at Huawei Middle East and Central Asia, said, “Climate change is the critical challenge facing humanity. To facilitate fundamental change, national and local governments must actively address both the energy and information revolutions that converge into what is known as the fifth industrial revolution (5IR). As campuses form the building blocks of cities, the Huawei Net Zero Campus Framework helps campuses define their action roadmap toward net zero. But that is only the beginning – net zero campuses will provide islands of net zero, spreading and combining to provide net zero cities, enabling countries to better achieve their stated targets for reaching a net zero future.”
Mohamed Al Breiki, Executive Director of Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar City, said, “The white paper presented here provides a platform for all sectors of society to address sustainable urban development needs. We hope that Masdar City, and all we have learned while creating it, will act as a “green print” for other cities that want to be part of the solution to climate change. We will continue to help create a future where net zero is the norm rather than the exception and will never stop striving for better – the future depends on it.”
The Huawei Net Zero Campus Framework recommends a stepwise approach towards a net zero campus. This could begin with a combination of smart campus – i.e., addressing campus operations, along with net zero energy. A smart campus solution delivers an integrated experience while supporting a collaborative work environment, while the net zero energy campus implements key energy initiatives. These include reducing energy consumption, generating energy onsite, and actively managing energy consumption and energy trading.
Finally, there is the net zero carbon campus which strives to achieve a balance between the carbon emitted into the atmosphere and the carbon removed from it. This balance – or net zero – will happen when the amount of carbon we add to the atmosphere is no more than the amount removed.