Adobe joins RE100 with White House pledge to go 100% renewable

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1 December 2015

PARIS: US computer software company Adobe has today joined RE100 and committed to source 100% of its electricity from renewable energy by 2035.

Adobe is simultaneously signing on to the American Business Act on Climate, voicing its support for a strong outcome at COP21 in Paris, and setting five bold goals to help drive a low carbon economy. These are:

  • To operate on 100% renewable energy by 2035 (including all of its electricity)
  • To continue driving its water conservation initiatives across the company
  • To extend its best practices in diverting waste from landfill in North America to its sites around the world
  • To work with other companies, communities and non-governmental organizations to share and adopt sustainability practices
  • To continue developing software that helps the business and its customers consume fewer natural resources

In the past five years Adobe has dramatically reduced its energy consumption and emissions, becoming carbon neutral in 2013, with minimal use of renewable energy credits. 70% of its global workplaces are LEED certified.

Today’s announcement strengthens its commitment to a renewable energy future, and positions the company as a leading voice in the drive to a low carbon economy.

Michelle Crozier Yates, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Adobe said: "Sustainability at Adobe has been hardwired from the beginning, going back to our invention of the PDF almost 25 years ago.

“We are committing to five ambitious goals that will help contribute to a low-carbon, sustainable future, and one of these is to use 100% renewable energy by 2035. We'll run entirely on renewable electricity.

“COP21 is a critical milestone toward a global commitment to stopping climate change. Adobe is proud to be one of the companies leading the way."

Adobe is the second major US Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company joining RE100 this week. Adobe follows Microsoft, which has been 100% powered by renewable electricity since 2014. Other ICT businesses already in the campaign include KPN, Autodesk, Proximus and Salesforce.

The ICT industry accounts for 1.6% of total global emissions, but companies have a real opportunity to influence their clients and customer base, encouraging them to minimize their resource use and switch to renewable electricity too.

RE100 now has 45 corporate partners including Adobe, Alstria, Autodesk, Aviva, Biogen, BROAD Group, BT Group, Commerzbank, DSM, Elion Resources Group, Elopak, Formula E, Givaudan, Goldman Sachs, H&M, IKEA Group, Infosys, J. Safra Sarasin, Johnson & Johnson, Kingspan, KPN, La Poste, Land Securities, Marks & Spencer, Mars Incorporated, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nike, Inc., Novo Nordisk, Philips, Procter & Gamble, Proximus, RELX Group, Salesforce, SAP, SGS, Starbucks, Steelcase, Swiss Re, UBS, Unilever, Vaisala, Voya Financial, Walmart and YOOX Group.

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