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ABB manufacturing site in Santa Palomba reducing carbon emissions by 675 tons a year

  • Italian production facility adopts Net Zero blueprint
  • Achieved with renewable energy, innovative smart grid and photovoltaic panels
  • Building management system monitors and controls energy consumption for ultimate efficiency


The Italian production site for ABB residual current devices (RCDs) and energy meters in Santa Palomba is reducing its CO2 emissions by 675 tons a year. In addition to its existing renewable sources, a new photovoltaic system now supplies a quarter of the site’s energy.

Over 350 people work at ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings facility to produce over 16 million devices per year. All electricity purchased by the Santa Palomba facility has been from renewable sources since 2019. Keen to progress its carbon reduction commitment, the team there collaborated with a logistics partner, Laziale Distribuzione, to implement an innovative smart grid project. Over 3,000 photovoltaic panels installed on the company’s warehouses next door to the ABB site now provide a peak power of 1.52 MW. In the spirit of joint action for the climate, photovoltaic shelters have also been installed in the car parking area which help to power 17 electric charging stations for the fleet of electric and plug-in hybrid company cars.

To monitor and optimize energy consumption, the ABB AbilityTM building management software solution was installed to monitor energy consumption in real-time, enabling the site’s team to collect insights either on-site or remotely. It also helps the site manage consumption efficiency on the most energy-intensive systems, such as air conditioning, the compressed air system, air intake and lighting (which is already 100 percent LED). By 2025, Santa Palomba plans to replace its boilers with high efficiency heat pumps.

“Transitioning away from fossil fuels means integrating more renewable sources into our energy supply along with increasing electrification,” said Mike Mustapha, President at ABB Electrification’s Smart Buildings. “When it comes to powering the buildings and cities we live and work in, far more electric power will be a necessity. Our Santa Palomba operations facility follows the principles of our ‘Mission to Zero’ journey. It’s a continuous endeavor, showcasing our commitment to enable a more sustainable and resource-efficient future for all of us. Every day, we empower customers all over the world to optimize, electrify and decarbonize their operations.”

The ABB Mission to Zero™ program supports the company’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050 (compared to 2019 baseline). Driven by local teams, sites focus on improving efficiencies through energy generation, management and storage using ABB’s innovative technologies and third-party integration. Read more about Mission to Zero at https://global.abb/topic/mission-to-zero/en.

ABB 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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