General Motors continues to prove sometimes it is easy being green. The automaker has been awarded the Energy Star Partner of the Year award for sustained excellence in energy efficiency.
Last year, GM’s efforts saved the automaker $73 million, all while reducing its energy consumption. Said programs also avoided 388,000 metric tons of carbon emissions, equivalent to the electricity use of 57,000 U.S. homes.
“The Energy Star program’s benchmarking and modeling helps reduce our carbon footprint, while also saving GM millions of dollars,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “We continue to introduce the program to our suppliers so they, too, can further increase operational efficiency and realize financial and environmental benefits from energy conservation.”
The automaker has also committed to reducing energy and carbon intensity by the year 2020, with a goal to shave 20 percent off of its current footprint; since 2010, it has reduced both by 15 percent.
These initial steps are drops in one big, collective bucket, though. General Motors has previously stated it plans to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050, phasing out all forms of fossil fuels in the process.