With 54 of its facilities meeting the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), General Motors leads globally in this voluntary energy reduction campaign. GM's achievement in this challenge is greater than that of any other company in the world, and it also results in energy cost savings of $90 million.
According to the U.S. EPA ENERGY START Challenge for Industry, a facility must be able to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within a period of five years. GM's 54 facilities have outperformed this target by reducing energy intensity by 26 percent on average within a period of only two to three years.
This effort has led to a CO2 equivalent reduction of 1,256,000 metric tons. This amount is equal to the electricity that can power 142,069 homes each year. In other words, this much power is enough to provide electricity to a city of the size of New Orleans for a year. 30 of these GM plants had met this energy challenge last year as well. This year, 22 of GM's international operations sites as well as two facilities in North America were added newly to the listed.
Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.
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