General Motors has committed to achieving carbon neutrality, with plans to source 100 percent of the electricity that powers its U.S. operations from renewable sources. Now, GM has announced that it expects to reach 100 percent renewable energy in the U.S. by 2025, a full five years earlier than announced previously, and an impressive 25 years ahead of the initial target set in 2016.
By reaching the goal of 100-percent renewable energy in the U.S. by 2025, General Motors estimates that it will reduce carbon emissions by 1 million metric tons between 2025 and 2030. GM will expand its usage of renewable energy through direct investments, green tariffs, and power purchase agreements.
Earlier in 2021, General Motors announced plans to achieve carbon neutrality in global products and operations by 2040, as well as to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035.
General Motors is basing its efforts to decarbonize operations on four main pillars. In addition to electricity sourcing from renewable sources, these also include increased energy efficiency and consumption reduction, the creation of technology to store renewable energy to mitigate external fluctuations, and policy advocacy to support expanded transmission and deployment of renewable energy.
GM has also announced that it will collaborate with PJM Interconnection to leverage real-time carbon emissions tracking technology to monitor electricity usage. General Motors eventually hopes to expand its scope to include the electricity used in charging customer’s electric vehicles, thus informing decisions with regard to where GM should invest in renewable energy and achieve the greatest impact on emissions reduction outside of its own operations.
“We know climate action is a priority and every company must push itself to decarbonize further and faster,” said GM Chief Sustainability Officer, Kristen Siemen. “That’s what we are doing by aiming to achieve 100 percent renewable energy five years earlier in the U.S. as we continue to advance on our commitment to lead an all-electric, carbon-neutral future.”