Energy conservation


As a company in an increasingly energy-intensive business, we’re always looking for new ways to reduce our energy consumption and stabilize costs. Adobe is a member of many business and industry groups and actively collaborates in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Building Health Initiative, Net Zero building and BSR’s Future of Internet Power to further our commitment to efficient workspaces and to provide our products to customers with minimal or no environmental impact.
Through the purchase of clean offsets, Renewable Energy Credits and Verified Emission Reductions, we achieved carbon neutrality for our global operations at the end of 2012 — two full years ahead of our stated goal. 

Measuring and managing energy use
We recognize that we can’t manage what we can’t measure. So we’ve developed and implemented a monitoring system that captures energy and critical operations data based on thousands of data points, from electricity, water and natural gas usage to the power usage effectiveness (PUE) of all Adobe data centers. In our San Jose, California, headquarters alone, we collect energy usage and critical operations information for more than 30,000 data points.
We measure and report Scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions at our buildings, as well as Scope 3 emissions for purchased energy for our leased sites and for employee business travel. This information is calculated annually and is reported to CDP; this report is posted on Our 2013 CDP score is 99 out of 100.

Reducing energy demand
Since 2002, in our nine owned North American facilities we’ve completed more than 180 energy efficiency projects that have reduced electricity use by 50 percent, natural gas use by 30 percent, domestic water use by 79 percent and irrigation water use by 71 percent.
Our first Adobe built, owned and operated data center came online in November 2013 (LEED Gold). We selected the site in Hillsboro, Oregon, due to its low carbon energy mix, low climate risk location and potential for renewable energy implementation. This decision has helped us to incorporate evaporative cooling and other innovations to reduce our energy use and subsequent carbon emissions.

On-site power generation
To meet our energy needs, we invest in alternative and renewable energy sources that generate on-site power at our facilities. In 2009 we installed 20 Windspire wind turbines at our San Jose headquarters, which capture the energy of the wind speeding up as it flows between our three office towers.
In 2010 we installed Bloom Energy Server fuel cells, also known as Bloom Boxes, to generate power on site at our offices in California, efficiently converting natural biogas into electricity with no loss in transmission. And because it is not commercially available in San Jose and San Francisco, we purchase equal amounts of biogas from areas where it is available and inject it into the line to offset our emissions. This also ensures that the methane is not released into the atmosphere.
In 2014, we became the first Fortune 500 company to install and manage an energy intelligence system from Stem. The advanced energy storage and real-time data analytics system in our San Francisco office will automatically respond to spikes in the building’s electricity use, drawing on previously stored power to reduce our energy costs without impacting operations.  

Renewable Energy Credits and Verified Emission Reductions
We offset 100 percent of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our LEED certified facilities in North America through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits and Verified Emission Reduction credits, which support wind farm and landfill biogas plant projects.
Through these purchases we’re investing in emerging green technologies to help them mature. We intend to gradually reduce our purchase of offsets as we’re able to increase our direct use of clean, alternative energy generated on site.  



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