The importance of the region will enable it to contribute to the development of low-carbon working environments and societies
Eliminating carbon emissions requires rethinking how energy is generated and managed
The energy and electricity sectors need a comprehensive set of technology-based solutions
The world is coexisting with accelerating environmental challenges today, in which sustainability has become the focus of government and business alike. The growing interest in sustainability is represented in launching several programs and initiatives in Kuwait and other countries of the world, in order to keep pace with the objectives of environmental friendliness and the reduction of carbon emissions.
Kuwait contributes to the efforts of the international community regarding the ozone layer and the reduction of carbon emissions, at a time when world leaders had agreed during the twenty-sixth United Nations Climate Change Summit to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees Celsius in the current century.
The countries of our region are on the list of countries concerned with sustainability priorities, which has been a topic present on the agenda of many international forums recently organized in our region.
International conferences recently held on this topic concluded that eliminating carbon emissions requires countries to rethink how to generate energy and manage their infrastructure in the future.
Many countries in the Middle East, led by Kuwait, are currently implementing plans and strategies aimed at achieving net zero emissions over the coming years, as the new generation of digital technologies can contribute to achieving this goal.
The digital era and energy
In light of the digital transformation efforts made by the government and institutions in Kuwait, many companies such as “Huawei” digital energy, which was recently launched in the country, see that the region has a strategic importance that will enable it to contribute to the development of low carbon work environments and societies.
Charles Yang, senior vice president of Huawei and head of global marketing, sales and services for the company’s digital energy business, said that the energy sector has truly entered the era of digital energy.
He added that the countries of the world know that clean energy sources, such as the sun and wind, are among the basic ingredients for reducing carbon emissions at the global level, as about 40 percent of carbon emissions in the world come from electrical systems.
This comes at a time when experts at McKinsey Consulting stressed the importance of deploying digital technologies and advanced analysis techniques, with businesses resuming the power generation sector as usual.
Yang saw that renewable energy sources such as the sun and wind are considered unstable in many countries, because they suffer from intermittent problems and fluctuations.
The energy storage systems needed to ensure grid stability depend on lithium batteries, but inconsistencies between lithium batteries can lead to problems such as low storage capacity, short battery life, and safety risks.
Energy and technology industry experts agree that by relying on digital technologies and power electronics, the problem of variable performance of lithium batteries can be overcome.
This case is only one example, as the energy and electricity sectors need a set of comprehensive solutions that rely on information and communication technology to achieve emissions reduction goals.
Huawei’s vision for digital energy is that there is a great opportunity to create low-carbon solutions that span the entire energy flow process from clean energy generation to energy efficient consumption, by relying on digital technologies and power electronics.
The company’s strategy is characterized by its reliance on the use of “bits” to manage electrical energy, and in June 2021, in cooperation with the “Informa Tech” company, it presented the “Carbon Emissions Severity in Networks” initiative, which provides a new measure for clean networks based on carbon emissions for every bit.
Assessment of energy generation, storage and management through electrical systems is only part of the solution, as thanks to the vision and plans of the Government of Kuwait that focus on achieving digital transformation, the widespread deployment of ICT infrastructure will contribute to enhancing energy requirements, which will lead to the increasing importance of Design and manage technical infrastructure in order to achieve future sustainability goals.
Huawei estimates that humanity will enter the era of data measured in one Yotabyte (YB) (1YB = 1000 ZB zettabyte) by 2030, when the volume of new data produced around the world will increase twenty times compared to 2020.
The International Data Corporation (IDC) predicted that companies’ spending on public cloud computing services will increase by 26.7% in the region last year, as the deployment of data and cloud-based services will lead to a significant increase in energy consumption in primary data centers in the region, consuming Data centers are about 1 percent of energy at the global level, according to figures for 2019, while “data system” studies indicate that data centers may consume (1/5) of energy at the global level by 2025.
Many of the world’s leading cloud computing operators have announced their commitment to achieving carbon neutrality and relying on clean energy to power infrastructure, and Google, to name a few, revealed that it will rely on carbon-free energy to run its entire operations by 2030, at a time contributing Many companies such as «Huawei Digital Energy» reduce energy consumption and emissions.
Huawei is not the only one who has noticed the importance of the digital energy field, given that most international companies are active in this field due to its vitality and importance in achieving sustainability goals. , especially in the field of telecommunication networks and data centers that consume a significant portion of energy. Reducing electricity consumption
Huawei’s capabilities are increasing through its global network of partners and its work in more than 170 countries around the world. As of September 30, it succeeded in helping its customers generate 443.5 billion kilowatt-hours based on clean energy, which contributed to reducing electricity consumption by 13 .6 billion kilowatt-hours and reducing carbon emissions by 210 million tons, which is equivalent to planting 290 million trees.
Hence, the race to reach carbon neutrality and reduce carbon emissions from electrical systems, information and communication technology infrastructure or transportation networks, will certainly witness a pivotal role for digital technologies, as success in this requires opening new horizons for cooperation between partners in the energy sector on global level.