Current renewable energy initiatives in the countries of the Middle East are helping to increase their role in supporting international efforts to combat climate change.
Moreover, this region is considered one of the largest suppliers of the oil and gas sector in the world and at the same time is the cradle of a number of large and ambitious initiatives and projects aimed at encouraging the use of clean energy.
In the UAE, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Power Complex is the largest solar power facility in the world and is based on the IPP model, and the Al Dhafra Solar PV Power Plant is being built as the largest solar power plant in the world with a production capacity of 2 GW.
Masdar City is the most sustainable urban energy community in the world. The Abu Dhabi Development Fund aims to fund innovative projects to accelerate access to sustainable energy through a joint initiative with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
In Saudi Arabia, the city of NEOM recently launched the pioneering Line project, this unparalleled city in the world is unique in that it has no cars and therefore no carbon emissions, and its 100% reliance on renewable energy. . King Abdullah University of Science and Technology leads clean energy projects; Developed around recycling wastewater for reuse for plant irrigation and other uses, the university also has large area photovoltaic panels that produce clean electricity.
In Egypt, hydropower is the second source of energy after thermal energy, then wind energy, then solar energy. The state has developed a number of future projects through which it seeks to use solar energy and replace it with non-renewable energy. Other green projects in Egypt include the cities of Jebel el-Galala and El Alamein.
The Bahrain World Trade Center is considered one of the world’s leading examples of sustainable architecture and the world’s first skyscraper to incorporate wind turbines in its design to provide overall energy consumption.
As for Morocco, which is famous for its huge and world-leading solar panels, it has established itself as a leading country in the fight against climate change. Renewable energy sources account for almost two-fifths of the country’s electricity. and the country is implementing some of the largest clean energy projects in the world.
Similarly, since 2012, Jordan has switched to solar energy for electricity generation, and government policies have encouraged citizens and investors to turn to renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions, providing investors with financial opportunities and lowering the cost of electricity bills.
Sustainability initiatives in the Arab countries are actively promoting the building of a diversified digital economy that is in line with the national visions of these countries, and the Green Economy Initiative launched by the UAE and the Green Saudi Arabia Initiative are examples of this.
Today, the role of the ICT sector in achieving energy sustainability is growing with the help of modern technologies such as the fifth generation, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, which will play a fundamental role in the implementation of clean energy initiatives, as they increase productivity, increase efficiency, reduce costs. and waste, evaluate work systems, analyze waste methods, track problems and develop solutions.
The International Telecommunication Union states that ICTs will contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and a better quality of life.
According to the United Nations, information and communication technology can be relied upon in two ways: relying on clean information and communication technology and generating clean energy by relying on information and communication technology.
In the first scenario, ICT solutions are developed that help improve environmental safety and reduce carbon emissions. In the second scenario, ICT solutions used in networks, buildings, smart logistics and industrial processes help improve sustainability and energy efficiency.
Technology companies’ sustainability efforts have been recognized globally, and Huawei is an example of companies that have changed their business in line with sustainability goals and recently received an award from the International Mobile Phone Association for their contribution to achieving sustainable development goals. United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through mobile devices.
The company is committed to building on innovative technologies for cleaner development across sectors and industries, and in 2021 it used more than 300 million kilowatt-hours of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in its operations, which is 42.3% more compared to until 2020.
Huawei’s digital energy solutions also contributed to the generation of 482.9 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy and reduced electricity consumption by 14.2 billion kilowatt-hours, which is equivalent to reducing carbon emissions by 230 million tons.
In parallel with efforts to promote sustainable approaches to technology, the ICT industry must not lose sight of the issue of improving security. Technology providers should focus on protecting user privacy as they work to provide state-of-the-art technology and uninterrupted communications.
Of course, we will not be able to grow our business and ensure its sustainability if we do not provide reliable and secure technologies to protect cybersecurity, which is the shared responsibility of all stakeholders involved in ensuring sustainability.
The current digital divide could isolate millions of people around the world from participating in the development of a clean economy. Technology companies can contribute to making technology accessible to all through their technical capabilities and resources.
Through initiatives such as TECH4ALL, Huawei has used digital technologies to implement leadership development programs for more than 110,000 people in 2021. The digital divide in the global workforce has the potential to undermine sustainable development efforts, so more attention should be paid to corrective action and prioritization of collaboration between technology companies, academia and government to bridge the digital skills gap.
By investing in programs to train local technical staff, improve skills and expand practical experience, more bridges of collaboration between the public and private sectors can be built to prepare the next generation of leaders for sustainability through technology.
In this regard, Huawei has established 163 ICT academies in the Middle East. Over 3,500 students have taken part in the Seeds program for a Global Future, and more than 37,000 students have received Huawei-accredited certifications.
The company has also trained more than 120,000 ICT professionals in the region, who are expected to help build resilience in the countries of the region by making the most of technology.
In light of the growing challenges of reducing carbon emissions around the world, we all have a responsibility to expand the ways of cooperation, joint action and join forces to build a sustainable and prosperous future for future generations.
Posted by Ammar Taba, Vice President of Public Relations and Media in the Middle East, Huawei
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