General Motors Wins 2020 ENERGY STAR Award
General Motors just earned a significant award. As a 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence winner, GM has earned the highest honor from the EPA. The automaker has been recognized for its efforts to promote a zero-emissions future nine times.
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“I salute the 2020 ENERGY STAR award winners,” said Anne Idsal, EPA principal deputy assistant administrator for air and radiation. “These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.”
GM energy goals and accomplishments
The automaker’s dedication to a more sustainable future for the auto industry was in full force in 2010, when it declared an impressive goal for 2020. GM pledged to reduce its carbon intensity by 20 percent. This goal was not only achieved but also met early in 2017. Last month, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra revealed the company’s plans for the next 20 years. By 2030, the automaker’s U.S. facilities will source 100 percent renewable energy. By 2040, this goal will go global.
“The innovations and processes that have been brought forward to reduce energy intensity, the tools provided by the EPA and strong partnerships with others have been at the center of our success, and the inspiration to continuously improve,” said GM Chief Sustainability Officer Dane Parker.
The automaker has taken several states to get to this point. It worked to identified a potential 6 percent reduction in manufacturing energy, and eight of the automaker’s buildings have been certified with ENERGY STAR. An assembly plant in Canada and two of the company’s data centers also earned the certification.
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Two GM facilities reduced energy intensity by 10 percent over five years as part of the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. Another key accomplishment completed by GM last year is its ongoing, effective communication with its staff, partners, and investors about energy efficiency.
GM is putting its money and its work where its mouth is in terms of going green. We look forward to its eco-friendly future.
DeAnn Owens is a Dayton transplant by way of the Windy City, yet considers herself to be a California girl at heart even though she’s only visited there once. To get through the dreaded allergy season unique to the Miami Valley, she reads, writes, complains about the weather, and enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and their newest addition, a Boston terrier puppy that is now in charge of all their lives. In the future, she hopes to write a novel and travel through time. See more articles by DeAnn.