China tech companies have aligned themselves with the government’s pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 and are making efforts to minimize their carbon footprint.
China’s CO2 emissions are expected to peak before 2030 and by 2040, some researchers predict that IT and communications will reach a 14% share of global emissions.
These estimates put the country’s tech giants at the forefront of its transition to net-zero.
Tencent was among the first of the tech giants to announce its carbon neutrality plans last week, vowing to become net-zero latest by 2030.
To do so, the company will aim to have all of the electricity it uses produced using green power.
Another component of Tencent’s strategy is slashing carbon emissions not only from its operations, but also the indirect emissions from its supply chain.
What is no less significant is Tencent’s initiative to develop a pilot carbon capture, storage and utilization (CCUS) project in China together with leading carbon capture expert Carbfix.
The project is set to be the first of its kind in Asia.
Other China tech companies are just as eager to cut carbon emissions and advance the shift to a low-carbon society.
One of them is Lenovo – the world’s largest PC manufacturer.
The company has created a liquid cooling technology for data centers, which can bring down energy consumption by as much as 40% at no expense of performance.
Lenovo has already launched a system to boost production efficiency and lower idle time at its manufacturing base in Hefei.
Thanks to this new system, the tech company is able to save over 2,696 MWh of electricity per year, which is the equivalent of reducing CO2 emissions by 2,000 metric tons annually.
Last year, Huawei introduced its zero-carbon network, the purpose of which is to help bring energy costs for telecom operators down, while encouraging green power generation.
The chairman of Tencent, Pony Ma, recognized that tech giants have social responsibility that they can showcase by not only reducing their own emissions, but by also helping drive the transition to carbon neutrality forward.