General Motors Accelerates Emissions Reduction Goals - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  May 3, 2021

General Motors Accelerates Emissions Reduction Goals

General Motors (GM) announced on April 30 a series of new climate targets, including a reduction in energy intensity in operations by 35% from 2010 to 2034, and enrolling 100% of "targeted Tier 1 suppliers" in the company’s Supplier Sustainability Program.

The announcement came with the release of GM’s 11th annual Sustainability Report, which also revealed that the company has received SBTi approval for its science-based Scope 1, 2, and 3 targets.

These new goals build upon GM’s previous environmental goals, which include:

  • 100% renewable energy sources across the U.S. by 2030
  • Elimination of tailpipe emissions from its new light-duty vehicles by 2035
  • 100% renewable energy sources worldwide by 2040
  • Carbon neutrality by 2040

The sustainability report also details how GM has already reduced its carbon footprint since 2010:

  • 22% decrease in absolute energy use
  • 11% decrease in energy intensity
  • 95% increase in renewable energy use
  • 38% decrease in Scope 1 and 2 emissions
  • 29% decrease in emissions intensity

“There is no question that our greatest opportunity is an all-electric, carbon-neutral future,” says GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra in the introduction to the Sustainability Report. “Our commitment to become carbon neutral in our global products and operations by 2040 and aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035 is another step toward our vision of a world with zero emissions.”


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