Huawei has sponsored the EU’s Green Digital Skills to achieve the climate targets it has set on the EU Green Deal agenda, industry representatives, and policymakers.
Green Digital Skills aims for Sustainable Value Chains including the sustainability skills gap, numerous voices came together to stress that climate change and the energy transition are on top of the global agenda.
EU also praised the institutions for having rapidly identified the urgency of reskilling and upskilling citizens, as well as of developing new programs to address the upcoming challenges of the required technological uptake to successfully fast-track the transition to energy efficiency.
Selina Wen, Huawei’s Vice-President for Public Affairs and Communications in Europe, noted that “the EU has not been derailed by recent challenges: on the contrary, these challenges have helped the EU to accelerate the Green Deal agenda,” and committed to “continue innovating and working hand-in-hand with our European partners to achieve a successful green and digital transition.” Going forward, Huawei will step up its training efforts on green skills for ICT graduates worldwide through its flagship talent development initiative Seeds for the Future, she said, explaining that “sustainability experts will be more and more in demand, and reskilling and upskilling programs will be needed.”
Dr. Cao Hui, Head of Policy and Strategy at Huawei Europe, said: “Sustainable value chains cannot be achieved without a lifecycle mindset. Huawei has embedded a circular economy in the business model to create a closed-loop value chain. Our goal is to recover as much of the value of scrapped items as possible. At Huawei, every scrapped item is categorized by lifecycle phase and quality. In this way, a scrapped item becomes circular again. At the end of 2021, the reuse rate of Huawei’s returned products was 90.4%.”
Speaking at a panel on green and EU’s digital green skills moderated by Giorgia Epicoco, Senior Public Affairs Manager at Huawei Europe, Helene Chraye, Head of the Clean Energy Transition Unit at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, said: “If we want to accelerate the implementation of the Green Deal, we have to accelerate the knowledge – and this cannot only go through universities, it has to go through the industry as well,” calling upon women to be duly included in the training process.