GM works hard to reduce environmental impact.
GM is dedicated to continually reducing the impact its vehicles and manufacturing facilities have on the environment. That dedication goes far beyond mere compliance with the law; GM considers the environment throughout all aspects of its business, from its supply chain, to manufacturing, to the vehicles it puts on the road. Here are some of the specific ways that GM goes about this:
Harnessing solar power: Currently, GM facilities around the world house 30 megawatts of solar power – enough energy to power 10,000 U.S. homes for an entire year – and GM plans to double that wattage in coming years. The GM car factory in Zaragoza, Spain, houses the largest rooftop solar array in the world and is projected to put 12 megawatts of energy back into the plant, significantly reducing the need for fossil fuel energy.
Working towards zero landfill: More than half of GM manufacturing facilities (a total of 81 so far) are now landfill-free; at these plants, 97 percent of waste generated through daily manufacturing operations is reused or recycled, while the remaining three percent is converted into energy. Unavoidable waste products such as scrap metal, shipping materials and paint sludge are repurposed in innovative ways to prevent it from ending up in the ground. GM is still not done, however, recently announcing an effort to help make its non-manufacturing facilities, like offices and technical centers, landfill-free also; currently, 18 such facilities are landfill-free. Highlighting GM’s commitment to innovation in environmental protection, the company partnered with recycling firms to convert 227 miles of oil boom from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill into air deflectors for the Chevrolet Volt.
‘Green Construction’ Program: Five GM construction sites, including a $200 million stamping plant in Arlington, Texas, are following a process that helps to both reduce waste and increase energy efficiency throughout construction. The five sites have already recycled 150,000 tons of waste. All future GM North American construction sites will follow the GM Green Construction practices.
GM is addressing sustainability and working to reduce its environmental impact in many ways, including the construction of a solar array for the Orion Assembly Plant in Lake Orion, Michigan, and production of the groundbreaking and award-winning Chevrolet Volt, which can run on both electricity and gas. By reducing its impact on the environment, GM is working to create a better future for people around the world.