Earth Hour - ABB acts to support environment

Over the past decade, ABB drives have helped domestic customers save power up to 157 billion kWh, equivalent to the power consumption of 56 million households a year

ABB’s 36 local companies and 19,000 employees in China are involved

Beijing, March 22, 2013 -- In advance of Earth Hour 2013, ABB announced its latest energy saving figures in China for its efficiency products. Over the past 10 years, ABB drives have helped domestic customers save a total of 157 billion kWh of power, equivalent to the power consumption of 56 million households per year, calculated in accordance with the first tier of pricing of Beijing household electricity in 2012. Meanwhile, the motors delivered in 2012 alone have helped ABB’s domestic customers save 240 million kWh, equivalent to a 200,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Earth Hour 2013 will take place on Saturday, March 23 (local time) worldwide. This is the 5th consecutive year ABB has participated in the world’s largest environmental protection endeavor. Upon the close of business today, ABB will switch off all unnecessary lights and office equipment at the company’s 36 local companies across China as part of Earth Hour’s global call for action. ABB China will also call upon its 19,000 employees and their families to turn off all lights at home from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 23. To further support the event, ABB is launching an online campaign entitled “I promise, I can” through its official Weibo feed on, calling for netizens to care for the earth by completing one small action every day.

Han Yu, head of Sustainability Affairs, ABB North Asia and China, said, “As a pioneer in the field of global energy efficiency, ABB actively participates in environmental protection and encourages its staff to support China's sustainable development and environmental protection with concrete actions and jointly participate in building a 'Beautiful China.' ABB adheres to an ‘in China, for China' strategy, helping domestic customers improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and minimize their environmental impact by providing cutting-edge power and automation technologies and solutions."

ABB provides leading technologies to help domestic customers improve productivity, save energy, and reduce emissions in every field. To take the power sector as an example, ABB pioneered high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology 50 years ago, building the world’s first commercial HVDC transmission link. Since then, ABB has continued to develop HVDC technology as an efficient, economic, and environmentally friendly way to transmit large capacity electricity over long distance at a very low loss. Currently, ABB China has participated in the construction of the Xiangjiaba-Shanghai, Nuozhadu-Guangdong, Jinping-Sunan, and Hami-Zhengzhou 800 kV high-voltage transmission projects. Among them, the Hami-Zhengzhou ± 800 kV HVDC transmission line, which is scheduled to become operational in 2014, will top the world with the highest voltage level, the largest transmission capacity, and the longest transmission distance.Compared with conventional transmission systems, the two UHVDC transmission lines already in operation can save power equivalent to the power consumption of 2 million people annually thanks to ABB’s low loss technology.

Worldwide, ABB is also actively committed to environmental improvement and protection. To take electric vehicles for example, Estonia last month became the world’s first country to launch a nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles, using technology and products provided by ABB. ABB provided and installed 165 web-connected direct current (DC) fast chargers and offered technical network operating support services for the chargers in the field for 5 years, helping Estonia promote zero carbon transport.

Earth Hour, launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), is a global environmental initiative designed to enhance public awareness of energy conservation by calling on people, communities, enterprises, and governments to turn off their lights for one hour, and participation is a sign of commitment to addressing the issue of global warming. Starting in 2007, the initiative has attracted the extensive participation of people from all walks of life, and has quickly become one of the most influential charity events in the world. Earth Hour 2012 received active response from 147 countries and regions around the globe.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. ABB has a full range of business activities in China, including R&D, manufacturing, sales and services, with 19,000 employees, 36 local companies, and an extensive sales and service network across 90 cities.

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