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Huawei to promote a greener supply chain

Nurdianah Md Nur | Aug. 5, 2014
Future suppliers will be assessed on their environmental performance before they are able to enter a commercial relationship with the ICT solutions provider.

In a bid to go green, global ICT solutions provider Huawei has announced plans to make environmental performance a prerequisite for future commercial relationships.

A pilot scheme is currently underway among 24 suppliers and it will be extended to gradually cover more suppliers, according to Huawei's press statement dated 5 August 2014.

"For Huawei, it is not enough to be commercially successful. We are committed to minimising our carbon footprint as well as that of our customers and supply chain partners," said Alex Deng, chairman of the Corporate Sustainable Development Committee at Huawei.

According to Huawei's 2013 Sustainability Report, the company reduced its own energy consumption by 42 million kWh, which is equivalent to a 38,000 ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, in 2013.The report also found that Huawei's new network equipments consumed 10 to 40 percent less power in 2013 as compared to 2012.

To show its commitment to go green, Huawei invested more than US$5 billion in research and development on green IT in 2013. It also plans to tap the opportunities of a circular economy, where products are designed from the beginning to be as recyclable as possible.

 

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