GM Outlines Sustainable Efforts in China
General Motors released its 2014 Sustainability Report, which outlined and highlighted many of the automaker’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment last year. Some of GM’s biggest contributions were the result of endeavors undertaken in its biggest market—China.
“GM will take a leading role in the auto industry’s transformation as it undergoes an unprecedented period of change,” said Bob Ferguson, senior vice president, GM Global Public Policy. “From GM’s labs to its assembly lines, our people are driving the world to a better place through improved mobility.”
Among the various and sundry means through which GM reduced its environmental impact in China, new-generation Shanghai GM vehicles were 8% more efficient than their predecessors, and an expanded lineup of alternative energy vehicles—including the CT6 PHEV and Malibu Hybrid—will likely only cause that percentage to increase.
GM also intends to reduce emissions through a MOU with Shanghai Jiao Tong University that will lead to a ride-sharing program. The vehicle of choice for the program will be the all-electric Chevrolet EN-V 2.0 concept, which will be built in Shanghai.
Of GM’s 122 landfill-free facilities around the world, 11 are located in China. Additionally, 12 joint-venture plants in China qualify under the US EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry by reducing energy intensity by 10% or more within 5 years.