General Motors represents the first automaker among 40 major U.S. companies to sign a “Climate Declaration,” a movement where all companies on board declare that responding to climate change is good business, let alone good for the Earth.
The campaign is organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, also known as BICEP.
Signers of the declaration pledge to push policymakers to address climate change by promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and limiting carbon emissions. GM is showing its commitment to the cause by so far cutting energy usage by an average of 26 percent in its facilities worldwide, saving the company $90 million annually. It also is the number one automotive user of solar power in the United States and hosts two of the five largest rooftop solar arrays in the world. GM’s goal is to promote the use of 125 megawatts of renewable energy, along with having 125 facilities landfill free by 2020.