General Motors just announced an ambitious plan to power all of its global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050. The automaker has pledged to generate or source all electrical power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with energy generated from wind, sun and landfill gas.
“Establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal helps us better serve society by reducing environmental impact,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs.” The new renewable energy commitment builds on GM’s previous goal to develop 125 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020.
In 2015, GM used 9 terawatt hours of electricity to build its vehicles and power its offices, technical centers and warehouses around the world. To meet its new energy goal, the automaker will continue to improve the energy efficiency of its operations. Today GM saves $5 million a year by using renewable energy, and two new wind projects set for completion this year will help power four manufacturing operations.
In China, GM is in the process of adding 30 megawatts of solar arrays at two facilities. Its Jinqiao Cadillac assembly plant in Shanghai will feature 10 megawatts of rooftop solar and 20 megawatts of solar carports. “GM has already saved millions of dollars by using renewable energy, and like any smart business that recognizes an investment opportunity, they want to seize it fully. We hope that through this leadership, other heavy manufacturing companies will be inspired to make the switch too,” said Amy Davidsen, North America executive director at The Climate Group.
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