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2015 Commitments

Product Commitments

  • u.s. electrification

    500,000 vehicles on the road in the U.S. with some form of electrification by 2017.

    *Includes all eAssist, two-mode hybrid, extended-range electric vehicle and electric vehicle models since model year 2010.

  • mobile emissions

    Reduce the average carbon emissions of U.S. fleet by 15 percent by 2016; Opel/Vauxhall fleet in Europe by 27 percent by 2021; and China fleet 28 percent by 2020.

    *The 2015 number for China is based on an internal preliminary assessment of GM data; the confirmed final number will be available later in 2016.

  • u.s. fuel economy

    GM will double the number of U.S. models that can achieve an EPA-estimated 40 mpg highway or better by 2017.

2020 Manufacturing Commitments

  • Energy Intensity
  • Renewable Energy
  • Carbon Intensity
  • VOC Emissions
  • Water Intensity
  • Waste Intensity
  • Landfill-
    Free Sites
  • Community Outreach
  • Wildlife Habitats

Our facilities have reduced energy intensity by 14.3 percent since 2010 in part due to our leadership in a number of external energy management programs.

Includes all manufacturing and non-manufacturing facility energy use, normalized by vehicle production (correlates to the CO2 Scopes). These data include data from some GM JVs.

Our renewable energy portfolio, which includes solar, landfill gas, hydro and waste-to-energy, has more than doubled its generating capacity during the past six years.

Renewable energy generation for solar power, landfill gas and hydro-generated electricity may be estimated based on technology capacity factors where actual data is not available. Capacity factors are obtained through the National Energy Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy.

A 15 percent reduction in carbon intensity since 2010 by our facilities has closely tracked with improvements in energy efficiency.

Includes all manufacturing and nonmanufacturing CO2e emissions reported in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Scope 1 & 2 categories, normalized by vehicle production. These data include data from some GM JVs.

Since 2010, we have lowered our VOC emissions by 19 percent, well ahead of our 2020 goal.

Commitment achieved in 2013.

The previous 2010 baseline of 3.8 kg VOC/Vehicle has been updated to account for VOC destroyed by abatement, resulting in a decrease of 0.1 kg VOC/Vehicle for a new baseline of 3.7 kg VOC/Vehicle. VOC emissions are composed of the following emission units: ELPO, Primer, Topcoat, Final Repair and Cleaning Solvents, which are considered the major sources of VOC emissions from typical paint shops. Excluded are minor sources of VOC emissions, such as maintenance painting, etc. These data include data from some GM JVs.

While we manage water at the local facility level, our global operational footprint has reduced water intensity by nearly 10 percent over the past six years.

Includes all manufacturing and nonmanufacturing facility water consumption (municipal, surface, well), normalized by vehicle production. These data include data from some GM JVs.

As we have increased the number of landfill-free sites around the world, we have been able to decrease our waste intensity by nearly 22 percent over the past six years.

Total waste includes all byproducts that are generated as a result of daily manufacturing operations. This definition includes metal scrap and foundry sand, and excludes reused waste, construction, demolition and remediation debris.

We are on track toward our goal to achieve 100 landfill-free manufacturing sites and 50 nonmanufacturing sites by 2020.

The term “landfill-free” means that all byproducts (waste) that come from operations are managed by any other method except placement in a landfill. This includes periodic byproducts, such as pit cleanouts. Byproduct material residues that have been sent to an off-site recycling center and subsequently landfilled by the processing and/or recycling center must not exceed 1 percent, by weight, of the GM facility’s annual total waste production volume. The ash generated from GM waste materials at off-site energy recovery facilities is exempt. Individual plants, i.e., assembly, stamping, foundry, engine or transmission plants; parts distribution, proving grounds and technical centers, are treated as “facilities” or “sites.” These data include data from some GM JVs.

Our goal is to promote and engage community outreach on environmental and energy issues by completing an outreach activity at all plants on an annual basis.

We are working to improve wildlife habitats by having a Wildlife Habitat Certification (or equivalent) at each GM manufacturing site where feasible by 2020.

Co-located sites, such as an assembly plant, stamping plant and engine plant all located at the same complex, are treated as a single site.