GM Brings Home ENERGY STAR® Award
June 2017
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GM Brings Home ENERGY STAR® Award
The automaker was rewarded for its continued environmental leadership

It is no secret that General Motors is committed to preserving the environment and cutting down on both emissions and waste from its facilities. While many companies say similar things, GM has the trophy case to back up its claims. In April of this year, the automaker received the EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year award for the sixth year in a row.

The ENERGY STAR program provides a “treasure hunt” guide to companies that wish to improve their energy consumption, and following that guide helped GM get where it is today. Major improvements were made to General Motors’ start-up and shut-down procedures to be more efficient, and many lighting systems were put on motion sensors to prevent any wasted energy. A new energy management system has also been implemented in non-manufacturing facilities to save GM about $2 million every year.

When it comes to the assembly line, GM executed a plan to cut energy use in its facilities by 10 percent per vehicle built in 2016 compared to 2015. A long-term project to continue to find more ways to cut energy usage and recoup investment costs in all GM facilities by $20 million is also on track.

Besides finding ways to use less energy, General Motors is working on finding alternate sources of power besides the traditional electric grid. In September of 2016, GM committed to using all renewable energy in its facilities by the year 2050. This includes investments in all three main types of alternate energies: wind, sun and landfill gas.

“The ENERGY STAR program’s benchmarking and modeling helps reduce our carbon footprint, while also saving GM millions of dollars.” said Alicia Boler Davis, executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “We continue to introduce the program to our suppliers so they, too, can further increase operational efficiency and realize financial and environmental benefits from energy conservation.”

General Motors’ energy conservation efforts saved the company $73 million in energy costs alone, proving that being good to the environment is also a smart business decision. In 2010, GM dedicated itself to reducing its energy and carbon intensity by 20 percent by the year 2020 and it has already reduced both metrics by 15 percent.

This article is presented by Sheboygan Chevrolet Buick GMC in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.


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