Founded over 100 years ago, 3M is a global, diversified, technology company that prides itself on innovation. 3M makes a wide variety of products ranging from post-it notes to pharmaceuticals. 3M has been an ENERGY STAR partner since 1997 and was named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for several consecutive years.
Industrial Partner Since 1997
Awards & Recognition
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Upstream and Downstream Management
As a large diversified manufacturer, 3M operates hundreds of different manufacturing facility types. Because of this, the 3M energy program relies on multi-disciplinary teaming and coordination to achieve their annual average 7% reduction. The 3M energy team makes use of the engineering, finance, environmental, plant operations, R&D departments, as well as their suppliers and vendors. This ensures that their energy team covers all stages of the production process, both upstream and downstream. Including the financial division also helps energy programs secure the necessary capital funding for major energy efficiency projects.
3M's Energy Policy: Integration and Accountability
3M has created an integrated worldwide energy policy that extends the accountability of the energy program beyond environmental and operations divisions to coordination with their research & development organization, process engineers, and facility design engineers. This policy sets challenging, yet attainable goals that support the broader goals of the company to drive innovation with energy saving products and optimize capital investment. 3M revised their energy policy in 2004 after soliciting feedback on their policy from manufacturing directors, plant managers, plant operations and executive management. This process paid off when reviewers suggested the inclusion of manufacturing directors in energy management activities because their support is essential to program success. The energy policy revisions continue to show significant results for 3M in improving their energy efficiency year after year.