3M: Energy performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)25%
Annual (2014)7%
Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)2%
Annual (2017)4%

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI) from a baseline year. In 2014, 3M succeeded in meeting its original 25% energy intensity improvement target based on a 2005 baseline.  3M repledged to an additional 30% energy intensity improvement setting 2015 as the new baseline. 3M's portfolio consists of 99 facilities as of 2017. 3M's corporate energy management program includes energy champions and energy teams at all major facilities, worldwide. Since 2005, these teams have implemented just over 2,000 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.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Several of 3M's facilities are off to a good start posting significant improvements during the first reporting year, conversely, plant expansions and modifications have increased the energy intensity at a few plants. These facilities are also a good target for future efficiency efforts.


The scope of 3M’s pledge includes a total of 99 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 based on US energy usage in MMBtu which is indexed to throughput. Financial figures are adjusted to account for the rate inflation utilizing the Consumer Price Index for all urban consumers.