General Motors Co., a founding member of the global organization, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and Business Renewables Center, and one of the first corporations to sign on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, has taken the next step towards achieving their goal to decrease the company’s carbon footprint.
The vehicle manufacturing company has recently pledged that it will be generating all sources of power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with wind, sun and landfill gas power by 2050. This commitment follows the company’s earlier goals to promote the use of 125 megawatts of renewable energy in all its facilities by 2020.
“This bold and ambitious commitment from General Motors will undoubtedly catch the attention of the global automotive industry,” said North America Executive Director at The Climate Group, Amy Davidsen.
Indeed, the company has been at the forefront of the pursuit for renewable energy for quite some time, pioneering the use of renewable energy for over 20 years with facilities that are already partly powered by solar, landfill gas and wind sources. Furthermore, GM’s extensive work with battery-operated electric vehicles has made them experts in energy storage and reuse.
“GM has already saved millions of dollars by using renewable energy, and like any smart business that recognizes an investment opportunity, they want to seize it fully. We hope that through this leadership, other heavy manufacturing companies will be inspired to make the switch too,” says Davidsen.
The company is in the process of establishing renewable energy sources to some of their global facilities; two in China will be receiving 30 megawatts of solar arrays, including their Jinqiao Cadillac assembly plant in Shanghai. Additionally, GM is one of 70 companies worldwide who has joined the RE100 pledge and continues to collaborate with these corporations to help make renewable energy more accessible to other businesses.
“Establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal helps us better serve society by reducing environmental impact,” said GM Chairman and CEO, Mary Barra. “This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs.”
This article is presented by Sheboygan Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.