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Adobe Systems Incorporated
Location San Jose, CA
Organization Type Technology & Telecom
Annual Green Power Usage (kWh) 64,008,667
Percentage Green Power 98%
Purchasing Third-Party Certified Green Power Product? Yes
Organization-wide Partner Yes
Partner's Reporting Period 1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012
Latest Annual Report Received On 9/23/2013
Awards/Recognition Green Power Leadership Award 2011
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
Partner Profile
A long-time leader in setting the bar for environmental sustainability in Silicon Valley, Adobe Systems Inc. has taken proactive steps to use green power at its downtown San Jose headquarters. Starting in 2012, the company embarked on a mission to achieve carbon neutrality for its headquarters by 2015, with an ultimate goal of operating net-zero facilities across its real estate portfolio.

In late 2010, Adobe announced the installation of 12 Bloom Energy fuel cells at its San Jose campus. These fuel cells collectively provide approximately 30 percent of the campus' electricity needs, and after planned upgrades take place in 2012, they are expected to meet 80 percent of Adobe's San Jose power consumption. To reduce its use of fossil fuels, Adobe purchases green power in the form of clean biogas sourced from a landfill to power the fuel cells. In 2009, the company installed 20 Windspire wind turbines, and since then the wind turbines have consistently generated on-site power for the company. The company continues to explore additional opportunities to deploy green power technologies to its other sites in North America.

To further reduce the company's carbon footprint, Adobe also purchases verifiable emission reductions (VERs) and renewable energy certificates (RECs) to offset its Scope 1 and Scope 2 carbon emissions, respectively, for its U.S. and Canadian sites, and it is continuing to expand this program. Adobe is also a recognized leader for its green building efforts, having earned ten LEED platinum certifications for multiple office locations.


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