Empowered employees drive net zero progress at ABB Vaasa

Empowered employees drive net zero progress at ABB Vaasa

  • ABB Electrification’s facility in Vaasa, Finland, achieves a 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency and 1400 tCO2e reduction since 2019
  • Mission to Zero™ progress with employee-led energy savings, sustainability culture, and sourcing of renewable energy

The teams at ABB Vaasa in Finland have achieved a 1400 tCO2e reduction in the site’s Scope 1 & 2 emissions since 2019 as part of ABB’s Mission to Zero™ program. A company-wide culture of sustainability, widespread work to improve energy efficiency, and investment in green energy sourcing are delivering significant progress towards net zero.

Mission to Zero™ is ABB’s program to reduce emissions and improve energy efficiency at its sites, essential for ABB’s journey towards net zero in its own operations. The teams, in collaboration with program leaders, focus on energy generation, digital energy management  – powered by ABB Ability™ Energy Manager – and building automation solutions. Mission to Zero™ sites commit to improve their sustainability, empower their people to drive change, and support customers in doing the same.

Vaasa employees have contributed more than 100 energy-saving ideas , with many already contributing to a 20 percent (1,082 MWh) reduction in consumption since 2019. R&D engineer Johan Asplund is one of many employees contributing to the site’s Mission to Zero™ journey: “Finland’s cold climate means heating buildings is a big part of our total energy consumption. Investments to make heating more energy efficient can be costly; every smart way we find to deliver a small saving is welcomed. We also avoid over-cooling our working environments in the summer.”

ABB’s continuous investment in automation, robots, automated guided vehicles (AGVs), and automated storage solutions have also contributed to year-on-year increases in productivity and energy efficiency at the site. Energy management at Vaasa starts with the sourcing of electricity following the RE100ii renewable energy initiative and the use of district heating. The site has installed end-to-end smart energy solutions, such as automated HVAC, LED lighting, and an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) system. ABB Vaasa’s fleet of electric vehicles is charged using green energy.

The Vaasa facility is integrated into the local district heating system to save energy in winter. The site’s district heating – more efficient than central heating – is 100 percent renewable. A new HVAC system, installed in 2022, is equipped with energy-efficient ventilators connected to air-water heat pumps that can cool and heat the building.

ABB Vaasa is a global center of R&D and manufacturing excellence for electrical low-voltage switches, fusegear and protection relays.

  • ABB Vaasa is a global center of R&D and manufacturing excellence for electrical low-voltage switches, fusegear and protection relays
  • ABB people at Vaasa contributed more than 100 energy-saving ideas

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader in electrification and automation, enabling a more sustainable and resource-efficient future. The company’s solutions connect engineering know-how and software to optimize how things are manufactured, moved, powered and operated. Building on over 140 years of excellence, ABB’s more than 105,000 employees are committed to driving innovations that accelerate industrial transformation. www.abb.com   

ABB Electrification is a global technology leader making efficient and reliable use of electricity from source to socket possible. With more than 50,000 employees across 100 countries, we collaborate with our customers and partners to solve the world’s greatest challenges in electrical distribution and energy management. We help businesses, industry, and consumers run their facilities and homes efficiently and reliably. As the energy transition accelerates, we are electrifying the world in a safe, smart and sustainable way.  go.abb/electrification  

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