(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) Detroit, MI – December 16, 2011 – General Motors has cut energy intensity at 30 North American plants by an average of 25 percent – equivalent to the emissions from powering 97,000 U.S. homes – to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star© Challenge for Industry.
Collectively, the manufacturing facilities avoided more than 778,380 metric tons of greenhouse gas. It would require the planting of 20 million trees that grow for 10 years to mitigate the same amount.
And the efforts saved GM $50 million in energy costs.
EPA’s program challenges manufacturing companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving their energy efficiency by 10 percent within five years. The GM plants agreed to establish an energy intensity baseline normalized by production volume. They set a 10-percent improvement goal, implemented energy efficiency projects, tracked energy use and verified savings.
EPA congratulates GM for achieving the