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Sustainability

From our products to the environment to community involvement, we are innovating with the future in mind

3M is proud of its long-standing commitment to sustainability. Over the past 40 years, 3M has actively pursued the development of products that enable our customers to reduce their impact on the environment while also focusing on reducing our own impact on the environment. As past CEO, George Buckley stated, 3M's technologies are being used by customers all over the world to enable them to meet their own environmental challenges. Developing product solutions is a key component of 3M's sustainability strategy and our portfolio of hundreds of products is a living example of 3M's expertise in inventing products for a better tomorrow. This same commitment extends to 3M's Data Center portfolio - we offer products that enable customers to become better environmental citizens.

3M Sustainability Awards and Recognitions

3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids

The first Novec products were introduced in 1996 to replace ozone-depleting substances, such as chlorofluorocarbons, which had been targeted for phaseout by an international environmental treaty, known as the Montreal protocol. From the start, Novec products were designed not only to be non ozone-depleting, but also to address concerns over safety, toxicity, and the emerging environmental issue of global warming.

Based on 3M's proprietary segregated hydrofluoroether (HFE) and fluoroketone chemistry, Novec fluids combine proven performance with an outstanding environmental and safety profile that includes:

  • Zero ozone depletion potential
  • Low global warming potential
  • HAPs-free
  • U.S. EPA SNAP-approved

Fire Protection: 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid is one of the products developed to help customers meet fire suppression needs while alleviating concerns for the environment. It offers an outstanding environmental and safety profile compared with many other fire suppression fluids in use today:

3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid Environmental Properties

Properties Novec 1230 HFC-125 HFC-227ea
Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)1 0.0 0.0 0.0
Global Warming Potential–IPCC2 1 3500 3220
Atmospheric Lifetime (Years) 0.014 (5 days) 29 34.2

1 World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 1998, Model-Derived Method
2 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2007 Method, 100 Year ITH, CO2 = 1

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Immersion Cooling using 3M Novec Engineered Fluids: Novec fluid is also electrically non-conductive, allowing the technology to be used for passive 2-phase immersion cooling. Data center cooling accounts for approximately 38% of power costs today. Using immersion cooling with Novec fluid can significantly decrease the power required to cool servers compared to traditional air cooling methods.

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High-Speed Connectivity Products

With its high-performance high-speed connectivity products, 3M is moving customers towards more energy-efficient, and therefore more environmentally-friendly, data center operations.

3M™ Active Optical Cable: 3M's Active Optical Cable is a low-power AOC option. Compared to competitors, 3M offers significant power savings*:

*Based on competitive data from public/published records as of Feb 10, 2012
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3M™ Twin Axial Cable: 3M Twin Axial Cable features outstanding electrical performance, meeting data rates up to 25 Gbps and maintaining overall signal integrity, all while making sharp turns and folds. 3M Twin Axial Cable helps data centers by:

  • Enabling efficient operations with its outstanding electrical performance
  • Improving server airflow, lowering energy costs
  • Allowing for high-density packaging

Learn more about 3M Twin Axial Cable solutions

3M's Internal Sustainability

3M's internal sustainability focus also supports customers' commitment to sustainability by supporting an environmentally-focused supply chain. 3M is proud of its Sustainability commitment and is actively working to reach the 2015 goals of:

  • Reduce Volatile Air Emissions 15% by 2015 from 2010 base year, indexed to net sales
  • Reduce Waste 10% by 2015 from 2010 base year, indexed to net sales
  • Improve Energy Efficiency 25% by 2015 from 2005 base year, indexed to net sales
  • Develop Water Conservation Plans when 3M is located in water scarce and stressed areas

With few exceptions, 3M has a history of exceeding its environmental goals

Data Range Program Name Target Accomplishment
1990-2001 Air Emissions Reduction Program 70% reduction in air VOC emissions Achieved 88% VOC reduction from 1990 to 2001
2000-2005 Environmental Targets 2005 Improve energy efficiency by 20% (energy use indexed to net sales) 27% improvement
Reduce waste indexed to net sales by 25% 30% reduction
2002-2007 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Climate Leaders Program Goal Reduce GHG emissions in the U.S. by 30% by 2007 (2002 base year) 60% reduction
2005-2010 Environmental Targets 2010 Reduce Volatile Air Emissions by 25% Improve Energy Efficiency by 20%
31% reduction 25% reduction
2006-2011 Global GHG Reduction Goal Reduce worldwide GHG emissions by 5% Achieve 48% reduction by 2010

3M has also received numerous awards and recognitions including:>

  • ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award, ENERGY STAR's highest award, for an industry-leading seven consecutive years
  • Green to Gold Award from Duquesne University Beard Institute for American companies that demonstrate commercial success in sustainable business practices
  • Being ranked among the top 3 companies in the category of “Germany's Most Sustainable Strategies for the Future (Concern) at the German Sustainability Awards 2011
  • Ranked number two on Interbrand's Best Global Green Brands for 2011 list of “Greenest” Brands
  • Recognition by a Brand Logic report as a leader in sustainability
  • Gigaton Award recognizing 3M's leadership in energy efficiency and sustainability during the World Climate Summit
  • Recognized by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) with Gold Class Distinction in the 2010 Sustainability Index

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Sustainability at 3M

Learn about 3M's efforts through products and programs to meet our social responsibilities and reduce our impact on the environment