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Reduces energy use 7 percent and carbon emissions 5 percent since 2010
Increases landfill-free facilities to 105; reduces total waste 8 percent since 2010
Commits to reduce average U.S. fleet CO 2 emissions 15 percent by 2016
General Motors today reaffirmed its commitment to further reduce the energy used and the environmental impacts of building and operating an automobile, detailing product goals and tracking progress toward its 2020 manufacturing priorities in its 2012
The report covers energy, emissions, waste reduction and other areas that drive long-term sustainability.
Reducing energy used and emissions output in its plants, operations and products is important to customers and stakeholders, GM says in the report. The company's overall sustainability strategy creates value for customers through new technologies and lower operating costs and improves the bottom line through revenue generation, cost savings and risk mitigation.
"Sustainability is not only a key part of how GM is shifting from a good to great company, it is about the leadership and innovation that can transform the auto industry," said GM Chairman and CEO
Dan Akerson. "Our long-term approach to sustainability enables us to increase efficiency and reimagine personal mobility to best meet customer needs and lifestyles."
GM developed the following commitments to meet customer needs for efficient vehicles and significantly reduce the environmental impact of its products:
Reduce average U.S. fleet CO 2 emissions 15 percent by 2016 and Opel/Vauxhall fleet CO 2 emissions 27 percent by 2020.
GM bases its sustainability priorities on an assessment of the most pressing global economic, environmental and social issues facing the company's customers and the communities where GM does business. Both internal and external stakeholders identified product efficiency and energy and emissions management of manufacturing operations among the most important for the company.