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Imagining a Clean Energy Future

Using science to create solutions to help build a brighter, cleaner future for all.

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Now is the time to develop clean energy technologies for the future. 3M is one of many science and technology partners to help you realize these goals.

Get in touch with us to see how we can work together on building a Clean Energy Future.

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A champion for the future of energy

  • At 3M, we understand the positive impact that building a clean energy future will have on our world. We have a long history of working with the Department of Energy to improve our clean energy solutions, and help our customers reduce their energy usage, and our materials science expertise has positioned us to help tackle the challenges in decarbonization and renewable fuels head on.

    With the Government’s clean energy plan and goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, now is the time to develop clean energy technologies for the future. 3M is one of many science and technology partners to help realize these goals.

    We are aligned with the Department of Energy in the critical importance of making this future a reality now.


    The entire energy equation

    As energy needs continue to increase, our strategy for how we help meet this demand is critical. We understand all facets of the energy equation. We apply science to help our customers so that they can generate, deliver and use energy that can result in significant savings – and understanding the full scope is key to achieving our energy goals for the future.


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    Reducing consumption

    Helping make energy sources more productive or efficient is only half the equation. Reducing energy use is the other.

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    Improving transmission

    All energy sources may not come from the same place, we help utilities focus on transmission of energy to get it where it’s needed for the long haul, both in distance and decades.

     

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    Developing new energy sources

    3M is an emerging leader in technologies we believe focus on decarbonization and renewable fuels.

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    Eliminating carbon footprints

    3M works to measure and reduce our own greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. We also serve our customers products that help them improve their energy efficiency and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Critical elements of helping you deliver delivering a clean energy future

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    Decarbonization

    Measurably reduce and capture greenhouse gas emissions.

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    Transportation

    Electric vehicles – Increase performance and extend range for electric vehicles.

    Aerospace – Reduce fuel consumption and drag on aircraft.

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    Energy efficiency

    Improve heating, cooling and light management in commercial and residential buildings.

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    Clean and renewable energy

    Improve efficiency of renewable energy platforms and develop alternative energy options.

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    Electric grid resiliency

    Strengthen resiliency and optimize grid management.


  • Partnerships for scale.

    Collaborations for scale

    3M is one of the leaders in chemistry and materials science and those are two critical components in understanding the clean energy future. With manufacturing facilities in 43 states, our company has the U.S.-based infrastructure and connections to help support our country.

    We have the potential to support scale up opportunities for smaller start-up companies as well as collaborations with startups and existing companies.

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    R&D capabilities

    As a premier research and development organization, 3M has a history of working with government agencies and other companies to drive next generation technologies forward. Our vast network of scientists and researchers not only create innovative ideas, but we have the ability to of drive those ideas into commercialization.


Committed to the mission

3M Sustainability

Sustainability is a core value of our company. Our goals reflect our commitment to going beyond compliance and thinking holistically about how our operations and products affect the world and every life in it.

Our Sustainability Strategic Framework encompasses three areas:

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    Science for Circular

    Designing solutions that do more with less material and replenishing natural resources rather than depleting them.

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    Science for Climate

    Innovating to decarbonize industry and reduce our own environmental footprint.

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    Science for Community

    Investing in our communities to ensure that the future workforce is inspired to use science to create a brighter future for all.

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    37.8%

    Reduce Scope 1 and 2 market-based GHG emissions from our 2019 baseline by at least 50% by 2030, 80% by 2040, and achieve carbon neutrality in our operations by 2050.

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    51.9%

    Increase renewable energy to 50% of total electricity use by 2025 and to 100% by 2050.

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    43.7 M pounds

    Reduce dependence on virgin fossil-based plastic by 125 million pounds by the end of 2025.

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    16.8%

    Reduce global water usage by 20% by 2025, and 25% by 2030, indexed to sales.

In addition, we practice sustainability in our operations:

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    2019 –CEO Mike Roman pledged to transition the company to 100% renewable electricity across our global operations. At the same time, he increased our interim target for electricity sourced from renewables from 25% to 50% by 2025 which we achieved in 2022.

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    2019 –3M global headquarters powered by 100% renewable energy.

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    We have onsite renewable electricity in 3 continents.