General Motors now has 54 facilities meeting the voluntary energy reduction challenge set by the EPA. General Motors has cut energy costs more than any other company nationwide and saved close to $90,000,000!
To be a part of the challenge for industry, the EPA required facilities to reduce energy intensity by 10% within 5 years. GM has cut energy intensity by 26% in just 3 years! This reduction resulted in 1,256,000 tons of C02 is equal to the amount of electricity needed to power more than 142,069 homes, or a city the size of New Orleans for an entire year.
New to the list are 22 GM international Operations sites and two facilities in North America. These facilities join the 30 GM plants that are already that met the challenge last year. This was achieved by benchmarking energy use, upgrading to energy-efficient lighting, improving control of ventilation systems and automating the shut-down process of equipment that previously was shut down manually as well as process energy reductions. This is just part of GMs ongoing energy efficiency program dedicated to reducing GMs carbon footprint.
In 2012, the EPA named GM one of its Energy Star Partners of the Year for energy management.
Congratulations, General Motors!