GM energy-efficient operations will be ramped up in the coming years. As of now, the company has managed to save $73 million over the course of the last year, receiving recognition from the US EPA Energy Star Program. GM is making green operations more widespread than ever before.
To begin with, GM installed over 186,000 LED bulbs and fixtures in order to lower energy costs—one of the major contributors to the energy savings, according to GM. Over 16 institutes under GM control each recently earned ENERGY STAR certification, demonstrating superior energy performance. In addition to saving on lighting costs, the brand also helped to reduce energy consumption during manufacturing.
“Energy efficiency can reduce electricity loads, which will help us more easily transition to renewable energy sources,” said Al Hildreth, GM’s global energy manager. “Together, these environmental improvements help us reduce our carbon footprint, cut costs and deliver value back to our customers.”
GM was able to reduce consumption at several plants by installing high-efficiency burner controls at the melting furnaces, one of the biggest drains on energy supply. Pouncing on an economic opportunity in addressing climate change, the brand is looking for new and improved ways to sustainability without sacrificing quality.