Stepping Up for Climate Action - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Commercial, Sourcing Renewables  -  February 5, 2020 - By Adobe

Adobe Steps Up for Climate Action

Climate action has never been more important. As leaders from organizations like the World Economic Forum and Blackrock have recently called out, in today’s landscape, it’s critical for businesses to step up as global corporate citizens, and that means reducing environmental impact and mitigating climate change. Adobe is a long-standing supporter of the transition to a low-carbon economy, and we’ve set a goal to run our sites and deliver our products with 100 percent renewable energy by 2035, without the use of carbon offsets or unbundled renewable energy credits. As we step into 2020, our commitment to operate our business sustainably and hold ourselves accountable—to our employees, customers and investors—remains as strong as ever.

Adobe joined the Science Based Targets Initiative in 2017, setting and acting on emissions targets for each of our sites—and we’re not stopping there. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has developed new guidance to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, a commitment more ambitious than the previous 2°C guidance. Adobe is proud to announce today that we’re committing to raise our ambition to align to a 1.5°C future and that we will actively work with the Science Based Targets Initiative to develop and set new targets.

Additionally, we’re proud to share that Adobe has been named to the CDP ‘A List’ for climate change for the fourth consecutive year—an honor awarded only to the top two percent of over 8,000 companies scored by CDP, an international non-profit that helps companies disclose and manage their environmental impact. Adobe is incredibly proud to be one of only 35 U.S. companies named as leaders in corporate transparency and action on climate.

We’re continuing to make progress on our sustainability goals, with a focus on the following areas:

Green building:
We recently announced that our newest building at Adobe headquarters will be all-electric, meaning it will be able to run on clean, renewable energy. In addition, we’re thrilled to share that all of our owned buildings in India are now LEED Platinum certified.

Renewable energy:
We’ve committed to run on 100% renewable energy by 2035 without the use of carbon offsets or unbundled renewable energy credits. This means that instead of purchasing credits to offset “dirty” operations, we’re instead focused on bringing more renewable energy to our local grids so that both Adobe and our communities can benefit.  We’re making strides through partnerships with peer companies, utility providers and non-profits like REBA. A great example is our aggregated wind energy deal with Facebook and Enel Green Power, which was recently named a Smart Energy Decisions 2020 Innovation Awards winner.

Policy advocacy:
Through our partnership with organizations like Ceres, we advocate for strong, science-based climate policy in regions where we operate around the world—most recently supporting cap-and-invest programs in California, Washington, and Oregon. We have reaffirmed our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement, and we are honored to have received the Ceres Golden State Warrior Climate Award in 2019.

As we move forward into a new decade, it’s our hope that business leaders, non-profit organizations, communities, and individuals will join forces to create change around climate action. We all have a part to play, and we can achieve far more through collaboration than any of us could alone.


This column originally appeared on the Adobe Blog.

Adobe gives everyone—from emerging artists to global brands—everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences. We’re passionate about empowering people to create beautiful and powerful images, videos, and apps, and transforming how companies interact with their customers across every screen.


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