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General Motors Reveals Science-Based Environmental Goals

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General Motors is known for its hardworking, dependable vehicles, like the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra. Now, the renowned automaker is getting in touch with its green side by unveiling its science-based carbon reduction goals.

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The Science-Based Targets Initiative

In the automaker’s ninth annual sustainability report, GM aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 31 percent by 2030, starting from a 2010 baseline. This aligns with the Paris Agreement’s 2C trajectory, earning a seal of approval from the Science-Based Targets Initiative. So far, only one other automaker — Groupe Renault — has had its carbon-reduction goals approved by the SBTI.

Is this goal realistic? According to GM CEO Mary Barra, “With the right team, technology, resources, and scale to achieve our vision, I believe the only thing that can stop us is not acting quickly enough. Disruption creates uncertainty, but it also creates vast possibilities that will lead to a better world.”

Putting the pedal to the metal

Since 2016, GM has been guided by the goal of a world with “zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.” Now, the company has pledged to double its investment in electrified vehicles and autonomous driving technology. The GM sustainability report also says the company will soon release new EV battery architecture. This trio of drive units will be able to power every vehicle in the automaker’s portfolio. There’s also an electric truck on the horizon.

GM is also hard at work improving EV-charging infrastructure to keep up with EV sales. This push will involve partnering with the EVgo charging network, EV software company Greenlots, and infrastructure company ChargePoint. Together, these businesses aim to create a network of 31,000 charging locations.

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