3M announces global renewable electricity goal

3M to move to 100 per cent renewable electricity in all its facilities around the world.

3M has announced its global renewable electricity goal, with the manufacturing and technology company to move to 100 per cent renewable electricity in all its facilities around the world, beginning with its own headquarters.

3M CEO Mike Roman said the company is “flipping the switch to becoming powered 100 per cent by renewable energy”.

“We are continuing to step up our leadership toward a more sustainable future – in our own operations, and in solutions for our customers,” Roman said.

The company’s St. Paul global headquarters is a 409-acre campus with about 12,000 employees across 30 buildings and research labs.

The transition to 100 per cent renewable electricity at its headquarters is expected to increase the company’s total global renewable electricity sourcing by more than 5 per cent to approximately 30 per cent and further help the company reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

3M has recorded a 68 per cent absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2002, while nearly doubling its revenue.

3M recently announced an increased commitment to build sustainability into the pipeline that produces its thousands of products and technologies.

At the UN Climate Conference (COP24) in December, 3M introduced its first formal requirement that a Sustainability Value Commitment be included in all new products introduced beginning in 2019.

3M’s ambitious 2025 goals include reducing water usage, impacting climate and energy targets.  The company has been listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 19 consecutive years.

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