General Motors' North American facilities reduced their overall CO2 emissions by more than 11% over the past 3 years. It is the first partner in the EPA’s “Climate Leaders” program to reach its voluntary goal, two years earlier than planned.
GM’s North American facilities reduced their CO2 emissions by 1.3 million metric tons from 2000 to 2003—an amount equivalent to the annual emissions from the power consumed by 169,000 U.S. households.
The reductions are largely due to numerous efforts in GM to increase energy efficiency. For example, several GM facilities now use natural gas and/or direct landfill gas (i.e., methane) rather than coal to operate boilers, resulting in fewer CO2 emissions. The company also saves energy by shutting down paint shop operations on the weekend and over holidays.
GM also has publicly committed to reducing its global levels of stationary carbon dioxide emissions by eight percent in five years from 2000 levels, the highest level of commitment from any corporation to date.