GM is one of the leading users of renewable energy in the North American manufacturing sector, with renewable energy sources representing about 2 percent of its energy use. These energy strategies are part of an overall program that has enabled GM to reduce its energy use from 94 trillion BTUs in 2002, to an expected 72.5 trillion BTUs by the end of 2006 in GM’s North American region.
“General Motors has a corporate commitment to making our vehicles and our facilities energy efficient, and we have a long history of energy reduction efforts at our plants,” said Elizabeth Lowery, GM vice president for environment and energy.
GM’s Service Parts Operations Parts Distribution Center in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., for example, is the nation’s largest, corporate solar photovoltaic installation. Solar panels lining the roof help keep costs down and reduce the facility’s environmental impact:
In addition to its solar facilities, GM’s renewable energy portfolio includes:
"GM is one of the leading corporate users of on-site renewable energy in America," said Craig Hanson, manager of the Green Power Market Development Group at the World Resources Institute, a Washington, D.C., non-profit environmental think tank. “With these projects, GM is demonstrating there’s a solid business case for using renewables and is building corporate markets for green power.”
David Skiven, executive director, GM Worldwide Facilities Group, said: “The combination of cost and environmental benefits makes renewable energy sources extremely important to us. Our use of alternative energy is a sound business decision, resulting in lower costs and a broader portfolio of energy sources.”
General Motors also has achieved substantial energy use reduction as a result of its commitment to energy conservation initiatives in its operations.
“Although renewable energy projects are highly visible and intriguing, equally important are consistent efforts to drive energy savings in our ongoing manufacturing operations,” said Skiven.
GM’s conservation efforts beyond renewable energy include:
“At General Motors, we believe that managing energy use is a vital part of our business,” said Skiven. “Smart energy decisions are not only good for the environment; they are good for the bottom line.”
General Motors has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency twice for outstanding and continued leadership in superior energy management, with the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award (2004) and the Energy Star Partner of the Year Award (2002).