Fourteen General Motors plants around the world achieved the EPA’s Energy Star Challenge, cutting energy intensity by an average of 17 percent and bringing the tally for GM’s plants to an industry-leading 70.
To meet the challenge, GM’s facilities must reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. All 14 sites achieved the goal in in no more than four years, with most meeting it in less than two years.
“Our employees are dedicated to our global customers and communities,” said GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing, Jim DeLuca. “They not only contribute to our energy-saving activities every day, they proactively suggest innovative ideas that help to further reduce our impact on the environment.”
GM has now reduced an estimated $33 million in energy costs and reduced 220,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
The following GM facilities met the challenge for the first time:
- Bupyeong 1 Assembly Plant (South Korea)
- Bupyeong Engine 2 Plant (South Korea)
- Dongyue Foundry (China)
- Gravatai Assembly Plant (Brazil)
- Qingdao Assembly Plant (China)
- Bay City Powertrain (Michigan)
- Warren Transmission Operations (Michigan)
They join the following repeat achievers:
- Rayong Truck Assembly Plant (Thailand)
- Jinqiao Powertrain (China)
- Qingdao Engine Plant (China)
- Norsom 2 Assembly Plant (China)
- Bowling Green Assembly Plant (Kentucky)
- Pontiac Stamping Plant (Michigan)
- Silao Transmission Plant (Mexico)
Worldwide, GM is working toward reducing energy and carbon intensity from its facilities by 20 percent by 2020.