3M

St. Paul, Minnesota

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

3M is a multinational technology company with operations in more than 65 countries. The company strategically manages energy use throughout its operations and continues to build upon a sound energy management foundation. 3M is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence recognition for its ongoing improvements in energy performance and sustainability efforts. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Improving global energy efficiency by 3.7 percent, saving more than $15 million in energy costs in 2012. The company has improved energy intensity by 32 percent since 2005.
  • Completing 203 energy efficiency projects to save $7.32 million in 2012 and dedicating resources for enhancing the company's existing energy data and metering system to build a new generation of energy savings opportunities.
  • Coordinating with utilities, other manufacturers, and EPA to host a meeting in the St. Paul/Minneapolis region to introduce manufacturers to EPA's ENERGY STAR industrial energy management resources.
  • Instituting strategic projects, including incorporating a variable air volume system into laboratory fume hoods at 3M headquarters to reduce the amount of conditioned air exhausted for a savings of $350,000 annually, and redesigning the manufacturing process for a skin tape product from solvent-based to solvent-free, eliminating the need for thermal ovens and thermal combustion of process gases for a savings of over $260,000.
  • Partnering with St. Paul Public Schools to educate students on energy efficiency and to link 3M engineers with student teams to improve school energy performance.