3M Earns ENERGY STAR 'Sustained Excellence' Award For Record Ninth Consecutive Year

  3M Earns ENERGY STAR 'Sustained Excellence' Award For Record Ninth
  Consecutive Year

      EPA Again Gives the Company Its Highest Energy-Saving Distinction

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- March 26, 2013

For an industry-leading ninth consecutive year, 3M has earned the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained
Excellence Award for its comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts.
No other company has achieved this distinction for that many consecutive
years, or as many as nine times.

The awards will be presented today at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. They
recognize “a select group of organizations that have exhibited outstanding
leadership year after year,” according to the EPA. “These winners have reduced
greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals, and
employing innovative energy efficiency approaches.”

“Sustained Excellence” is the EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award.

“3M’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact on a global basis long
predates the ENERGY STAR program; in fact, it’s thoroughly embedded in our
corporate culture,” says Steve Schultz, 3M’s Corporate Energy manager. “The
year-over-year consistency of the company’s ENERGY STAR recognition is a
reflection of sweeping corporate initiatives that were instituted 40 years ago
and have been vigorously and creatively expanded ever since.”

Among its achievements in 2012, the company:

  *Earned ISO 50001 energy management certification for two plants (ISO is
    the Switzerland-based International Organization for Standardization,
    which establishes uniform industry standards worldwide).
  *Implemented 201 new energy efficiency projects and funded 23 smaller
    initiatives from a special corporate fund.
  *Engaged in partnerships to further develop carbon dioxide separation and
    recycling technologies.
  *Hosted a “Working with ENERGY STAR” workshop for local manufacturing
    companies.
  *Initiated a facility metering project to better track and manage energy
    use.
  *Hired a full-time analyst to organize facility energy data and mine it for
    new efficiency opportunities.
  *Awarded $225,000 in grants to academic researchers for energy-related
    studies.
  *Involved 78 3M facilities in the Department of Energy’s Better Buildings
    Challenge, collaborating with other industry participants on energy-saving
    techniques.
  *Launched an education program to engage students in environmental
    leadership.

3M first undertook its groundbreaking “3P” program (Pollution Prevention Pays)
in 1975, and estimates that 3P innovations since then have reduced the
company’s greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 72 percent, and prevented
more than 3.5 billion pounds of pollution.

“The initiatives undertaken each year are broadly intended not only to
continue our own progress but also to share what we’ve learned, and to
encourage participation among our industrial suppliers while stimulating new
avenues of research in the academic world,” says Schultz. “The overall
objective is a better environment through wise energy management.”

3M established a new set of sustainability goals in 2010 to be attained by
2015. Chief among those goals are reduction of volatile air emissions by 15
percent and solid waste by ten percent, and a 25-percent improvement in energy
efficiency. The energy-efficiency objective already has been achieved and
exceeded.

About ENERGY STAR

ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992
as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and
consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect
the environment for future generations. Nearly 20,000 organizations are ENERGY
STAR partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes,
and buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit
www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on
Twitter.

3M is a trademark of 3M Company. Energy Star is a trademark of EPA.

Note to editors: ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award
logo available upon request.

Contact:

3M Public Relations
Colleen Horn Harris, 651-733-1566
or
LVM Group Inc.
Bob Rumerman, 212-499-6567
bob@LVMgroup.com
or
Rachel Antman, 212-499-6570
rachel@LVMgroup.com
 
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