Recently, I wrote a “Green development 2030” report for Huawei, one of the biggest companies in the digital industry. Some said, “Well done, professor but it was too long”. Below, I made a summary for those friends and I’m sharing it with you again.
The report also explains in what ways key industries will complete their Green Transformation process. Focusing particularly on the energy efficient nature of digital infrastructure, Huawei details continuously growing share of renewable energy as an integral part of green industries, and even proposes a new assessment model for green development. The following are some of many projections for “Green Development 2030” that we discover as we go through the report.
- More than 50% of electricity will be generated from renewable energy by 2030.
- The share of electricity in global final energy consumption will reach 30% and the global capacity of energy storage systems will grow by 20-fold.
- The industry will go “green,” and every 10,000 workers will work with 390 robots.
- All new buildings will operate at net-zero carbon by 2030. By 2050, all buildings will be net-zero carbon.
- Digital infrastructure will become 100 times more energy efficient by 2030.
- The global telemedicine market will increase by ten-fold while online education will grow by around 23-fold. Billions of users will take virtual tours.
So how will these projections become reality? Some of them will happen when companies rapidly start renovating themselves for the “decarbonization” process and other green requirements stipulated by international environmental treaties, conventions, and other agreements. On the other hand, they will focus on digitalization in order not to fall behind in global competition. In line with these efforts, factories, buildings, houses, and all other carbon emitting elements will enter a process designed to enable zero carbon emission. The report offers a roadmap and a philosophy for these breakthroughs that will both save the planet and help companies not fall behind in the competition
I was particularly excited to learn about Huawei’s efforts to bringing 10 Gbps everywhere with 5.5G and F5.5G. Frankly, it made me think what types of novelties going one step further would bring to the humanity. Obviously, all of these breakthroughs will require new computing, software, hardware, infrastructure, and communication architectures. Saying that existing architectures greatly limits processing capabilities, the report underlines that Huawei is working on a “ground-breaking peer-to-peer computing model” that will significantly improve system performance.For example, with this new model, a 90-minute 3D movie, which normally requires almost six months to be fully rendered, will be rendered only in two weeks.
“We Need a New Ecosystem.”
It is undeniable that both companies and customers are severely hit by the chip crisis.It is stated in the report that “people no longer look for more devices. What they really want is more intelligent experience.” To be honest, I am too tired of so many devices that are connected to each other at home or at work. The low download speed in countries like Turkey is driving people mad since it is slowing things further down instead of speeding them up. We all need a “user-centric seamless AI life experience,” which encompasses different domains of life such as office, home, sports, travel, entertainment, even healthcare.
Most importantly, all of these innovations must be designed in line with the “green development”. I am talking about a “cloud-based” world that requires a significant amount of investment in numerous sectors and domains including mining, agriculture, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, education, customs areas, logistics, energy production and consumption, even sports. This may seem easier said than done, but it is possible. Because leading international scientists are relentlessly contributing to these solutions. Frankly, as a Turk, I am proud that Prof. Erdal Arıkan, who invented polar codes for 5G, made such an outstanding contribution to communication technology.
There is one crucial thing we cannot deny: energy is expensive, and it is difficult to supply it. That is to say, we may come to a point where we can no longer supply energy even if we have money. We know that 40% of carbon emissions worldwide originate from energy generating processes. As we keep producing and storing energy, current technologies are causing irreparable damage to the environment. This problem can be solved not only by using energy units that emit less carbon, but also by making all peer-to-peer architectures carbon-neutral.
Turkey is a country that is highly dependent on oil and gas imports, and businesses and it will eventually have to meet the requirements of the European Green Deal in order to keep up with the competition. Those who sell goods within the framework of the Green Deal need to take a good look at Huawei’s Green Development 2030 report, as it explains in detail what should be done for a smooth transition to green and digitized economy.