As a company in an increasingly energy intensive business, we’re continuously 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 USGBC’s Building Health Initiative, Net Zero buildings and BSR’s Future of Internet Power (BSR-FOIP) 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, Renewal Energy Credits and Verified Emissions Reductions, we achieved carbon neutrality for our global operations at the end of 2012 – 2 full years ahead of our stated goal.
Measure & manage energy use
We recognize we can’t manage what we can’t measure. Therefore, 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, as well as Scope 3 carbon emissions for purchased energy for our leased sites and for employee business travel. This information is calculated annually and is reported to CDP and posted on Adobe.com. Our 2013 CDP score is 99 out of 100.
Reduce energy demand
Since 2002, in our nine owned North American facilities we’ve completed more than 180 energy efficiency projects that have reduced electricity usage by 50 percent, natural gas usage by 30 percent, domestic water usage by 79 percent, and irrigation water usage by 71 percent.
Our first Adobe built, owned, and operated data center came online in November (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 usage and subsequent carbon emissions.
Generate power on site
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, California, 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 that it is available and inject it into the line to offset our emissions. This also ensures that the methane is not released into our 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 will automatically respond to spikes in the building’s electricity use, drawing on previously stored power to reduce our energy costs without impacting operations.
Purchase renewable energy credits & verifiable emission reductions
We offset 100 percent of our Scope 1 and 2 emissions from our LEED certified facilities in North America through purchase of renewable energy credits and verifiable 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.