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What's ahead? The opportunity to making positive and meaningful change in our world. But we can’t do it alone. Here are ways you can help us increase our impact.

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Environmental Data

Energy Intensity* (MWh/vehicle)

*All manufacturing commitments use 2010 as a baseline and are working toward 2020 goals.

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

Carbon Intensity*
(metric tons CO2e/vehicle)

*All manufacturing commitments use 2010 as a baseline and are working toward 2020 goals.

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.

Installed Renewable Energy Capacity* (MW)

*All manufacturing commitments use 2010 as a baseline and are working toward 2020 goals.

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.

VOC Emissions from Assembly Painting* (in kg/vehicle)

*All manufacturing commitments use 2010 as a baseline and are working toward 2020 goals.

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.

Global Water Intensity* (M3/vehicle)

*All manufacturing commitments use 2010 as a baseline and are working toward 2020 goals.

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

Waste* (in kg/vehicle)

*All manufacturing commitments use 2010 as a baseline and are working toward 2020 goals.

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. For 2012, a comprehensive global review of waste management classifications identified some instances where closed-looped recycling and other forms of recycling were misidentified as reuse, resulting in an adjustment of previously reported data.

Landfill-Free Sites

The term “landfill-free” means that all byproducts (wastes) 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.

Community

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

Wildlife Habitats

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.