BEIJING, Dec. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Baidu, Inc.
(NASDAQ: BIDU and HKEX: 9888) and IDC jointly launched China's first White Paper on AI's Contribution
to Achieving the "Dual Carbon" Goals in 2021 on December 29. The white paper estimates that
AI-related technologies will contribute to reducing more than 35
billion tons of carbon emissions from now to 2060.
With the title of "Smart Carbon
Emission Reduction, Inspire the Transformation to Green Energy ",
the report focusing AI's Contribution to achieving China's "Dual Carbon" goal in 2021
(hereinafter referred to as the "White Paper") was released during
a panel discussion on green technology at the 2021 Baidu Create
conference. This is the first industry-led research report in
China focusing on the role of AI
in achieving China's carbon
peaking and carbon neutrality goals. (The white paper is currently
available for download at esg.baidu.com.)
The report draws on IDC's
research in the field of ICT and artificial intelligence, as well
as the practices of Baidu and its industry partners in related
fields. From a wide range of dimensions such as technical
categories, mechanism principles, action scenarios, industry
applications, and practical cases, the white paper systematically
explains the core role of artificial intelligence and related
info-communication technologies in increasing efficiency, reducing
consumption, and achieving green transformation in various
According to the white paper, the path to realising carbon
neutrality must be technology-intensive, and breakthroughs in AI
technology will be implemented in various industries through ICT
infrastructure combined with carbon reduction technologies.
AI-related technologies' contribution to carbon reduction will
increase every year, reaching at least 70% by 2060 with the total
carbon reduction exceeding 35 billion tons.
Robin Li, Co-Founder, Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of Baidu said that Baidu is currently
drawing on its advantages in AI to harness technologies including
autonomous driving and vehicle-to-everything to realize a complete
smart transportation system and ensuring an optimal solution to
carbon reduction. He also expressed that Baidu will continue to
invest further resources in this effort together with ecosystem
partners using AI to achieve zero carbon growth.
"One of the key advantages of smart transportation solutions is
the ability of "Vehicle-road-smart mobility" to address the issue
of emissions at the root", said Guobin Shang, Vice President and
General Manager of Intelligent Transportation Division at Baidu. "By 2030, Baidu is
expected to reduce carbon emissions from urban transport by more
than 70 million tons, equal to 8 percent of China's total emissions in 2020".
The transportation industry exemplifies AI's direct impact on
the reduction of carbon emissions. In 2020, carbon emissions from
China's transportation industry
were estimated to be 1.04 billion tons, accounting for 9% of the
country's total emissions. The use of slow blocking intelligent
transportation technology based on intelligent information control
can effectively improve the traffic efficiency of major urban road
intersections. Cities with a population of 10 million can therefore
reduce carbon emissions by at least 41,600 tons per year, which is
equivalent to the carbon emission of 14,000 private cars in a
Based on IDC's long-term tracking and accumulation of data on
the global IT market, the white paper employs an original data
center for carbon emission model to calculate that in 2020 alone,
the global carbon emission reduced by cloud computing is equivalent
to taking nearly 26 million gas-powered cars off the road.
In June 2021, Baidu announced its
goal to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations by 2030, using
advanced technology and innovative mechanisms to minimize its
ecological footprint. The company's approach to fulfil carbon
neutral targets is centered on six main operational aspects: data
centers, office buildings, carbon offsets, intelligent
transportation, AI cloud and supply chains.
Founded in 2000, Baidu's mission is to make the complicated
world simpler through technology. Baidu is a leading AI company
with strong Internet foundation, trading on the NASDAQ under "BIDU"
and HKEX under "9888." One Baidu ADS represents eight Class A
SOURCE Baidu, Inc.