General Motors has signed on to the Ceres "Climate Declaration," which is dedicated to stopping – and therefore acknowledges – climate change. While other major corporations like Starbucks, Ikea, Intel and eBay also signed on, GM is the only automaker so far to do so.

The signing took place at the Ceres Conference in San Francisco, and was organized by sustainability advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) coalition. Signers of the declaration are calling on policymakers to deal with climate change by promoting clean energy, energy efficiency and limiting carbon emissions.

Climate change tends to go through periods of public support, followed soon by waning interest. The petition does not in any way say that humans are responsible for climate change. Last year, GM got into trouble for funding the climate-change-denying Heartland Institute. Owner revolt ended that.

GM has worked with Ceres for more than two decades to refine its sustainability strategies. Ceres has been pushing for its mission of reducing climate change while building economic opportunities and job creation. In 2011, the group supported the strong 54.5 mpg by 2025 federal mandate, and actually wanted the limit to be set even higher.
GM IS FIRST AUTOMAKER TO SIGN 'CLIMATE DECLARATION'
DETROIT – General Motors is the first automaker among 40 major U.S. companies to sign a "Climate Declaration," collectively asserting that responding to climate change is good business.

The campaign is organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, or BICEP, coalition. GM's participation was announced today at the Ceres Conference in San Francisco. Signers of the declaration are calling for policymakers to address climate change by promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and limiting carbon emissions – strategies GM employs within its operations as it seeks to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing.

"We want to be a change agent in the auto industry," said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs. "As our world faces issues like congestion and climate change, we are at the forefront in transforming the way we move, from building more efficient vehicles to partnering with car-sharing startup Relay Rides."

According to Gallup and Yale University polls, respectively, a majority of Americans believe climate change is happening and that corporations, as well as government officials, should be doing more to address the issue. In March, GM CEO Dan Akerson called on President Obama to appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to develop a 30-year policy framework for energy security.
This action is aligned with GM's environmental commitment, which has been recognized recently with the American Carbon Registry's Corporate Excellence Award for demonstrated commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and mitigating climate impact and an EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence, the organization's highest recognition for corporate energy management. GM has worked with Ceres for more than two decades to refine its
sustainability strategies and performance.

Worldwide, GM is dedicated to energy efficiency and is working toward a goal of reducing energy intensity from its facilities 20 percent by 2020. GM has 54 facilities that meet the voluntary ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry, which requires facilities to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. The GM facilities cut energy intensity by an average of 26 percent within just two to three years, saving the company $90 million in energy costs. It also is the No. 1 automotive user of solar power in the United States and hosts two of the five largest rooftop solar arrays in the world. GM's goal is to promote the use of 125 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020.

Beyond building fuel-efficient vehicles, GM is investing up to $40 million in the Chevrolet Carbon Reduction Initiative, in which Chevy helps financially in community-based carbon-reduction projects throughout the United States with a goal of reducing up to 8 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.

For more information on GM's environmental commitment, visit www.gmsustainability.com and its www.GMBeyondNow.com environmental blog.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.


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      2 wheeled menace
      • 4 Months Ago
      That signature would mean a lot more from a company that doesn't sell things that generate a large share of the world's co2 output. More doing, less talking, please ;)
      Giza Plateau
      • 4 Months Ago
      GM believes lies are good business
      • 4 Months Ago
      In 28 years science has never said their crisis was as real as an inevitable asteroid hit, only “likely” and “possibly” and……A climate crisis “IS” an asteroid hit of an emergency. We needed “certainty” not “maybe”. Climate blame exaggeration was unsustainable. Get up to date: *Occupywallstreet does not even mention CO2 in its list of demands because of the bank-funded carbon trading stock markets run by corporations. *Julian Assange is of course a climate change denier. *Obama has not mentioned the crisis in the last two State of the Unions addresses. *Canada killed Y2Kyoto with a freely elected climate change denying prime minister and nobody cared, especially the millions of scientists warning us of unstoppable warming (a comet hit). * Science has NEVER said it WILL happen, only might happen despite being at the brink of unstoppable warming. Not one IPCC warning is without “maybes”. Help my planet is on fire maybe? REAL planet lovers welcome the accusation of exaggeration and all evidence points to it. Meanwhile, the entire world of SCIENCE, lazy copy and paste journalism and Liberal progressivism had allowed bank-funded and corporate-run “CARBON TRADING STOCK MARKETS”(ruled by trustworthy politicians) to trump the UN's and entire world's efforts into 3rd world fresh water relief, starvation rescue and 3rd world education for just over 26 years of insane attempts at climate CONTROL.
        skierpage
        • 4 Months Ago
        It's hard to understand your confused ranting. "Science" doesn't "say" anything, scientists write papers. It would be inaccurate to claim certainty about Earth's future climate, so in those papers accurately report the results of their global climate models, which all show the most likely outcome is disastrous temperature rises. America entered into a trillion dollar war based on weak evidence of WMDs in Iraq. The Cheney doctrine is "If there's a 1% chance that Pakistani scientists are helping al-Qaeda build or develop a nuclear weapon, we have to treat it as a certainty in terms of our response. It's not about our analysis ... It's about our response." Yet when all reputable climate scientists come to broadly similar conclusions about likely future climate, politicians and clowns like you say "Scientists can't even say it will happen." There's nothing insane about carbon trading, it's a sensible way to put a price on carbon emission that should lead to reduction. It's hard to get the details right.
          Marcopolo
          • 4 Months Ago
          @skierpage
          @ skierpage I' ll grant you that David Nutzuki's prose maybe a little confusing to follow, but that doesn't make his some of his point's less valid. You're observation that " 'all' reputable climate scientists come to broadly similar conclusions about likely future climate " relies upon the definition of what constitutes a "climate scientist ". The definition of a "climate scientist " is fairly new, and seems to only cover those who hold similar views, those with dissenting viewpoints are dismissed as not being " climate scientists" , despite having exactly the same acedemic qualifications ! There is growing discord about the validity of climate change modelling, and exactly what lessons can be derived from the material gathered. There has been so many inaccurate, wildly hysterical, predictions, that have simply not occured ! The intolerance and fanatical acceptance of '' climate science ' claims by extreme advocates has created a sort of new religion ! The actual science has been distorted and misused to advance political philosophies and careers, to the point where ardent advocates of "climate change'' demand that all dissent be silenced. The result has been a reassessment of these claims by the general public, as the science behind them begins to appear less reliable. In the 1960's there was a consensus among leading scientists, headed by the "Club of Rome", who predicted with absolute certainty that 1977 would be the year the' Stork would pass the Plough' ! But the predicted world wide famine, (necessitating immediate depopulation measures, didn't happen ! In fact by 1978, global food production produced a glut ! All 'science' should be constantly reviewed. Accepted conclusions about US energy dependency, and fossil fuel depletion are being rendered wildly inaccurate by developments in technology ! The only thing for sure, is nothing is for sure !