A Decade of Progress A Bold Path Forward
Our vision of the future is clear and simple: a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.
However, the pathway to realize this vision is more complex and often dependent upon technological, market and policy dynamics not always in our control. In the face of these uncertainties, we seek to state our intentions to guide our journey and hold ourselves accountable.
It’s a process that began a decade ago when we established 2020 environmental commitments for our manufacturing facilities. Over the past 10 years, we’ve made significant progress, summarized below.
During this time, we've learned the value of having constant targets to guide our work amid constant market change. Through it all, we’ve managed both unforeseen challenges and emerging opportunities to achieve measurable impact.
As 2020 approached, we began asking, “What’s next?” In answering that question, it was clear that our next set of goals had to meet certain criteria. Our new goals needed to be:
While we continue to reduce the impact of our operations, our greatest opportunity is to reduce emissions from the use of our products sold, which account for 75% of the emissions GM is trying to address.
Individual ownership and accountability are the greatest influencers of our success, so it’s imperative for every GM team member to contribute to the success of the goals going forward.
The automotive industry is undergoing the greatest technological transformation since its beginning a century ago—new goals must be equally as transformative.
We are looking beyond the day when tailpipe emissions are zero to other areas of concern, such as sustainable materials to counter resource scarcity.
To meet these criteria, we leveraged thoughtful deliberation, constructive debate, collaborative thinking and bold exploration. The result is a set of new goals that will help us realize our vision of the future.
Yet, more work remains. We recognize that these goals only address the environmental aspects of our impact. Also in development are social goals in areas such as human rights and diversity and inclusion that we hope will spur the same level of performance and accountability.
We’re proud of our achievements to date, and we’re excited about our potential to do much more as we look forward to a safer, more inclusive and more sustainable tomorrow.