The Value of Carbon Mitigation in the Commercial Sector: SEA’s Impact on Efficiency and Sustainability

ADTRAN is a global electronics manufacturer headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama. At over a million square feet, ADTRAN’s Huntsville campus has a sizable footprint, one further augmented by its numerous locations around the globe.  Such a large facility footprint typically translates into a high energy consumption rate and high carbon footprint.  In 2012, SEA was hired by ADTRAN to perform an ASHRAE Level 1 Energy Audit and provide subsequent commissioning services.

Since that time, the partnership between SEA and ADTRAN has flourished, together identifying and implementing a vast array of energy-saving strategies for the telecommunications company.  This deliberate collaboration offers a prime example of how strategic energy management can yield remarkable resource resilience and climate mitigation benefits.

A standout among the many projects performed for ADTRAN is the 2023 Greenhouse Gas and Sustainability Study.  This effort provided trends analysis on ADTRAN’s energy use, as well as data driven insights into the manufacturer’s broader carbon footprint. The scope of work for this project included:

  • A Carbon Footprint Assessment.
  • Establishment of energy goals and decarbonization targets, starting with Scope 1 and 2 emissions controls, as part of ADTRAN’s Decarbonization Roadmap.
  • Evaluation of facility improvement measures, development of projects, followed by implementation and integration of key energy solutions, all while keeping focus on operational success.

SEA further assisted in creating Sustainability, Energy, and Load Shed Dashboards, to reflect the resilience outcomes resulting from resource efficiency measures selected and implemented at the ADTRAN Huntsville facility.  By the end of 2023, SEA and ADTRAN’s combined efforts resulted in a 50% reduction in energy consumption, and a defined plan for decreasing the Huntsville campus’ carbon footprint. These practices have gone on to help shape resilience strategies and carbon neutralization efforts across the ADTRAN global enterprise.