General Motors Shows Progress and Reaffirmes Commitment to Environment

General Motors Shows Progress and Reaffirmes Commitment to Environment

General Motors, maker of Buick, GMC, and Cadillac, has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing energy use and the environmental impact of both its vehicles and operating facilities.

GM has reduced energy use by 7% and carbon emissions by 5% since 2010. The company also increased the number of landfill-free facilities to 105, saving total waste by 8% since 2010.

The automaker began tracking progress toward its 2020 environmental priorities, which were laid out in last year’s Sustainability Report.

The report covered a range of environmental topics, including energy, emissions, and waste reduction.

Creating a Sustainable, Profitable Company

According to an article on GM’s media website, reducing energy use and emissions is important to both GM’s customers and stakeholders. Reducing the company’s environmental impact creates brand value for customers, and helps improve profitability by increasing revenue and saving on costs.

What is GM’s Sustainability Report, and What are the Ultimate Goals?

Last year, GM gave specific goals that would help it become a global leader in environmental practices.

The automaker gave these specific goals:

  • Put 500,000 vehicles with some form of electric vehicle technology on the road by 2017. Current GM models with EV technology include the Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark EV, Chevy Malibu, Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse, and Buick Regal.
  • Double the number of GM models that reach 40 mpg or better on the highway by 2017. The Chevy Volt, Chevy Sonic, Chevy Cruze Eco, Chevy Spark EV, and Chevy Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel, as well as the up-coming Cadillac ELR, are already capable of the feat.
  • Reduce the average emissions of the entire General Motors U.S. fleet by 15% by 2016. GM is also working towards reducing the average emissions of the Opel/Vauxhall fleet by 27%. Both will help the company achieve the long-term goal of environmental responsibility.

“The gains made by GM to achieve these goals are laudable and we are proud to call them a partner in building a cleaner economy that creates quality jobs across the country.”

– David Foster, Executive Director, BlueGreen Alliance

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