General Motors is targeting a reduction of CO2 emissions from its North American manufacturing facilities by 40% by 2010, based on 2000 levels. GM is setting this target as part of its voluntary partnership in the US 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 US households.
When it first joined the program in 2002 as a founding member, GM established a goal to reduce US facility CO2 emissions by 10% by 2005, based on 2000 levels. The company surpassed this target in 2003 with reductions of 11.7%. To date, since 2000, GM has reduced US facility emissions by 25%, or 3 million metric tons, which would equal the annual emissions from the power consumed by 288,000 U.S. households.
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.