GM now has 63 Energy Star Challenge plants image

Nine more facilities have achieved the U.S. EPA Energy Star voluntary “Challenge for Industry”, bringing the company’s total to 63, more than any organization worldwide.

According to GM data, the specific challenge – to cut energy intensity by 10% within five years – resulted in a collective avoidance of $162 million in energy costs and a reduction of 1.6 million metric tons of CO2 – equivalent to the electricity use of 244,000 homes. The conservation efforts from the nine new and 22 repeat achievers helped reduce energy by 23% in just two to three years, contributing $72 million to the total savings.

“Creativity and energy management go hand-in-hand at GM,” said Tim Lee, executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and chairman of GM China. “We’ve been consistently cutting energy use and emissions each year, requiring us to dig deeper for innovative paths to energy savings. Environmental responsibility – and its corresponding business benefits — continues to be an everyday driver within our facilities.”

The U.S. EPA’s call to action to the industrial community complemented GM’s own goal to slash energy and carbon intensity 20% by 2020 as the energy efficiency measures engage all employees at its facilities, from people monitoring energy dashboards to those assembling vehicles on a plant floor. The 63 facilities that met the challenge represent 42% of GM’s global manufacturing operations.