The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has named General Motors as one of its 2015 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year award for Sustained Excellence in Energy Management. GM also received the ENERGY STAR Climate Communications award.
The award for sustained excellence in energy management is given to organizations for adopting a continuous energy management strategy across the organization’s entire portfolio of buildings and plants. This year marks GM’s fourth such award for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by setting and achieving aggressive goals and employing innovative energy-efficiency approaches.
GM joined ENERGY STAR as a partner in 1995. Since then, the company has reduced energy intensity of its US operations, or the amount of energy used per vehicle produced, by 40%. It has reduced carbon dioxide emission intensity 41%. Combined, these savings are equivalent to the electricity used by 875,000 homes in one year and allowed GM to avoid $435 million in energy costs.
The EPA cited these GM achievements in 2014:
Reduced energy intensity by 6 percent globally.
Expanded Energy OnStar to GM powertrain facilities. Energy OnStar is the company’s system tracking 2.5 million energy data points per minute and providing real-time monitoring of energy per unit produced and facility heating and cooling systems.
Invested $34 million in more than 30 facilities for energy efficiency, water and carbon reduction projects, each with a return on investment of less than two years.
Collaborated with utility companies on energy projects and funding.
Eliminated the use of coal at Wentzville, Mo., and Detroit-Hamtramck, Mich., assembly plants.
Remained the global leader of the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry with 70 GM facility achievers, resulting in $196 million in energy costs avoided and 1.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions reduced, equivalent to adding 378,947 passenger vehicles without a greenhouse gas impact.
GM earned ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Climate Communications for its commitment to educating employees, customers and other stakeholders about the importance of energy efficiency and the impacts of climate change.
Specifically, the EPA recognized these communications initiatives:
Published energy and climate-related posts on its environmental blog, making up more than half of the editorial content in 2014.
Engaged college students, professors, non-governmental organizations and environmental leaders in a social media conversation via #CleanEnergyU as part of the voluntary Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign.
Participated in energy efficiency discussions throughout the year, including a plenary session at the Clinton Global Initiative event during Climate Week.