ST. PAUL, MN — 3M
has been named a winner of an ENERGY STAR
Award in the category of Sustained Excellence
for the sixth consecutive year, according to a press release
In 2009, 3M''s comprehensive worldwide energy conservation efforts saved approximately 1.3 trillion British thermal units (BTU) of energy throughout the company''s operations in 65 countries, the release stated.
According to the release, the awards are made jointly on an annual basis by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy
3M''s reduction in energy consumption for 2009 lowered the company''s energy bill by $17.2 million, representing a 13.5 percent decline from the previous year, the release noted.
Steve Schultz, 3M corporate energy manager, said: "Sound energy management policies are infused into our corporate culture, both for the public good and to maintain 3M''s competitiveness. The company has been wholeheartedly committed to goals-oriented sustainability initiatives since the 1970s, well before environmental issues entered the national consciousness. We''re proud to be recognized for that commitment and the results it has achieved."