With the help and support of Huawei, Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC) has been a pioneer in implementing its net zero strategy.
To support its ambitious goals, Huawei has used a number of innovative solutions, including the development of solar panels and energy storage solutions in a number of countries, including Egypt and South Africa, in a move to significantly reduce VPC’s carbon emissions.
“Apart from its European networks achieving 100% electricity supply from renewable sources in 2021, Vodafone is also committed to making all its African networks 100% powered by renewable energy by 2025,” says Vincent Pang, Huawei’s Senior Vice President.
“The current energy crisis in Europe has resulted in sharp increase in electricity bills and energy shortage, which is severely impacting telcos’ operations,” adds Pang. “To overcome the challenge, we have developed innovative solutions at the equipment, site and network levels to support telcos reducing energy consumption throughout the life cycles of their networks.”
Advances in renewable energy sources have been made possible via breakthroughs in key technologies, Pang says, with Huawei set to continue to work with telcos to tackle further challenges that may arise.
Huawei has been continuously working with the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and has achieved industry-leading scores for consecutive years in terms of scope 3 carbon emissions: indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain. Huawei is also proactively managing the carbon emissions of its upstream suppliers to accelerate the carbon neutrality across the organisation’s entire supply chain.
And with the globalisation of supply chains in recent years, Huawei has managed key supply chain issues to support Vodafone’s requirements, and helped it maintain steady operations.
“After more than a decade of efforts, Huawei has established a business continuity management (BCM) system that covers end-to-end business processes, from suppliers to Huawei, and on to our customers,” Pang explains. “This system is constantly improving, and has ensured supply continuity despite the pressure of severe challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Huawei has been actively adapting our B2B transaction flows to the same of Vodafone, in order to effectively align with Vodafone’s ONE SCM strategy. We aim to ensure smooth end-to-end flows from planning to supply, and continuously increase our supply efficiency.”
To maintain supply chain resilience against pressure and to ensure both business continuity and cost advantages, Huawei continues to work closely with suppliers and partners, Pang adds.
“We stay firmly with our strategy of maintaining a globalised, diversified supply chain, and work closely with our suppliers and partners to create a secure, reliable, competitive, and healthy ecosystem,” he explains.
“We do not rely on any single country or supplier, and all of our key products have alternative sources within our supply chain. We are fully confident in our ability to continue providing the best possible products and services to both our customers and consumers.
“Vodafone and Huawei are long-term strategic partners,” Pang concludes. “We are absolutely confident in our ability to continue providing Vodafone with high-quality products and services.”
Read the full report HERE.