General Motors yesterday pledged to cut the carbon dioxide emissions from its manufacturing plants in North America by forty percent over the next three years. The reduction amounts to 4.5 million metric tonnes of CO2. This is part of GM's participation in the EPA Climate Leaders program which brings together business and government to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

GM has been part of the program since 2002 and had a goal at that time to reduce emissions by ten percent by 2005 and surpassed that in the first year, eventually cutting emissions by twenty-five percent over the first five years. Most of the reductions have come about through improvements in energy efficiency, reduced waste and more use of renewable resources.

One of the leading plants in these efforts is the Delta Township Plant in Michigan. Savings there are estimated to save 30 million kWh of electricity in the first ten years of the plants operations. The GM press release is after the jump.

[Source: General Motors]
GM Pledges to Reduce CO2 Emissions by 40 Percent


Automaker sets target with U.S. EPA to reduce North American facility emissions by 2010

DETROIT – Today, General Motors announced its goal to reduce CO2 emissions from its North American manufacturing facilities by 40 percent by 2010, based on 2000 levels. GM is setting this target as part of its voluntary partnership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Leaders program. This reduction would equal 4.5 million metric tons and equate to annual emissions from the power consumed by 432,692 U.S. households.

The EPA's Climate Leaders initiative is a voluntary program between industry and government that works with companies to develop long-term comprehensive climate change strategies. Companies are challenged to set aggressive, corporate-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals and are required to report out and document progress on an annual basis.

"Our Climate Leaders partners are demonstrating corporate climate change leadership by embracing energy efficiency, green power, and technological innovation as sound business investments," said EPA Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock. "Many of the nation's leading companies are working aggressively with EPA to lower their greenhouse gas emissions in ways that advance President Bush's climate change strategy."

When it first joined the program in 2002 as a founding member, GM established a goal to reduce U.S. facility CO2 emissions by 10 percent by 2005, based on 2000 levels. The company surpassed this target in 2003 with reductions of 11.7 percent. To date, since 2000, GM has reduced U.S. facility emissions by 25 percent, or 3 million metric tons, which would equal the annual emissions from the power consumed by 288,000 U.S. households.

"GM has demonstrated that voluntary programs work, and they make good business sense," said Elizabeth A. Lowery, GM vice president, Environment and Energy. "Our partnership with the EPA's Climate Leaders program is an excellent example of how government and industry together can encourage innovation and strong, forward-thinking action to help reduce environmental impact."

GM's CO2 reductions can be largely attributed to numerous efforts by the company to increase energy efficiency, reduce waste, increase the use of renewable resources such as landfill gas and solar power, and optimize efficiencies across all aspects of the manufacturing process. For example, GM is the largest corporate user of landfill gas in the U.S. This effort results in significant reductions of CO2 emissions. Another example is the gold certification that GM's Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant recently earned from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program for superior energy and environmental design and construction. Among other things, the facility is expected to save over 30 million kwh of electricity over the first ten years of operations. It is initiatives like these that have helped GM to make real strides in reducing CO2 emissions.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit , GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2006, nearly 9.1 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.


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