3M's Energy Management Toolbox
Energy efficiency drives sustainable manufacturing at 3M. In 2015, 3M made it a corporate goal to improve energy efficiency indexed to net sales by 30% over ten years. 3M expanded their goals by pledging to source 100% of electricity through renewables by 2050 (joining the international initiative, RE100) and most recently, announcing to be carbon neutral by 2050. Over the last four decades, 3M’s energy management approach has drastically improved. Today, 3M’s strategy for meeting their corporate Energy & Climate goals is backed by a robust toolbox of energy tracking and reporting tools, ISO 50001 and SEP 50001 energy management system, energy training programs, and the newly released Manual for Energy Design Requirements and Guidelines. The energy management system also adapts to changes in manufacturing, like the move to a digital shopfloor, and the regulatory changes seen throughout the pandemic. 3M provides their manufacturing sites with the necessary tools to plan, prepare and execute viable energy conservation measures to meet their Energy & Climate goals while also supporting their other sustainability goals.
Rashmi Brackenbury is an Advanced Energy Engineer at 3M. She works in the corporate energy management team, leading the ISO 50001 and SEP Enterprise system. Rashmi also works with energy leaders at the manufacturing sites to expand energy efficiency and low-carbon initiatives, and with corporate teams to share global best practices. Rashmi Brackenbury holds a BASc in Chemical Engineering.