Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC)’s du has launched a project to upgrade 300 DG (Diesel Generator) sites with the goal of becoming a net zero ICT service provider.
As the first country in the Middle East to commit to net zero emissions, the UAE has taken a bold step in reducing its carbon footprint. In 2021, the UAE government officially released the “2050 Net Zero” strategic initiative.
du is one of the industry leaders in championing a green strategy in line with the Paris Agreement and the UAE’s Net Zero 2050 strategic initiative. du aims to meet its carbon reduction goals and has a long-term plan that includes various measures. A key element of the plan is to focus on optimizing the carbon footprint of its ICT infrastructure.
Cooperation with Huawei
Committed to making the benefits of ICT available to everyone, du has been working to provide network coverage to the most remote communities. However, it is impossible to provide electricity supply in these areas without using diesel generators (DG) as the main energy source. This not only generates CO2 emissions, but also high operating and maintenance costs.
To address these challenges, du has partnered with Huawei, the world’s leading provider of ICT infrastructure and digital power solutions, to deploy an advanced hybrid power solution. These solutions will reduce dependence on DG, minimize O&M (operation and maintenance) effort and energy consumption.
As a result, du will upgrade more than 300 DG sites, improving energy efficiency and network coverage while addressing carbon footprint issues. By deploying advanced hybrid solutions and state-of-the-art lithium batteries, du will be able to reduce carbon emissions by 10,000 tonnes, equivalent to planting 500,000 trees per year. This highlights DU’s commitment to sustainable development, contributing to social causes through technological innovation.
lower carbon footprint
Saleem AlBlooshi, CTO of du, said: “By deploying state-of-the-art hybrid solutions at more than 300 communication sites across the UAE, we are actively reducing our reliance on non-renewable energy sources. Ensuring a greener and more sustainable service to communities in the most remote desert regions. Our strong commitment to environmental responsibility reflects our determination to create a greener and more sustainable future for all.” – – trade arab news agency