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3M

Energy Performance

GOAL

25% Reduction in Energy Intensity by 2016 from a 2005 Baseline

CHALLENGE COMMITMENT

94 Plants

PROGRESS TO DATE

Cumulative (vs. Baseline) 24%
Annual (2012) 4%

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Portfolio Energy Performance

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) from a baseline year. 3M's portfolio consists of 94 plants as of 2012. 3M's corporate energy management program includes energy champions and energy teams at all major facilities, worldwide. Over the past five years, these teams have implemented over 1,100 energy projects, thanks in part to a capital set-aside program dedicated to energy efficiency projects. 3M designs new equipment and facilities to be energy efficient.

Energy Performance by Facility

Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Almost one-half of 3M's facilities have exceeded 15% improvement in energy intensity since the baseline year, but many other plants have actually seen a worsening of energy intensity. These results may reflect changes in the business cycle, which can affect energy consumption. These facilities are also a good target for future efficiency efforts.

Method for Calculating Energy Performance

The scope of 3M’s pledge includes a total of 94 different plants, each manufacturing a complex mix of products. 3M uses value of shipments in determining energy intensity at the plant and corporate levels. 3M uses a financial measure to track energy intensity because it does not have a single unit of production output it can use consistently across its plants, or often even in the same plant. While 3M tracks energy intensity at the plant level, it calculates corporate-wide energy intensity by summing energy use across its facilities and dividing by total value of shipments across those same facilities.



YEAR

NUMBER OF
PLANTS
SOURCE ENERGY CONSUMPTION
(MMBtu/year)
2005 71 31,103,740
2010 85 30,335,064
2011 85 30,254,155
2012 94 30,278,741