March 23, 2007
GM pledges to reduces CO2 emissions by 40 per cent at North American facilities
Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has announced a goal of reducing CO2 emissions from its North American manufacturing facilities by 40 per cent by 2010, based on 2000 levels. The target is part of the company’s voluntary partnership in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leaders program. The reduction would equal 4.5 million metric tonnes and equate to annual emissions from the power consumed by 432,692 U.S. households.
The Climate Leaders initiative is a voluntary program between industry and government that works with companies to develop long-term comprehensive climate change strategies; companies are challenged to set aggressive, corporate-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals and are required to document and report progress on an annual basis. GM joined the program as a founding member in 2002, when it established a goal to reduce U.S. facility CO2 emissions by 10 per cent by 2005, based on 2000 levels. The company surpassed the target in 2003 with reductions of 11.7 per cent, and to date since 2000, has reduced U.S. facility emissions by 25 per cent.