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 (DOE).
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."
3M is a member of the Industrial Energy Technology Conference and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and, in 2009, was a sponsor of the Energy, Economic and Environmental (E3) Conference, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Summer Study for Industry and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) dinner in Washington, the release added.
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