What We Measure


Operational Commitments

Reduce Energy Intensity by 20 Percent*

Energy conservation programs combined with increased use of renewable energy sources have helped drive a 15 percent reduction in energy intensity against our 2010 baseline.

Increase Renewable Energy to 125MW*

Renewable energy generation is increasing at an aggressive pace as we work toward a new goal to meet 100 percent of the electrical needs of our global operations through renewable energy by 2050.

Reduce Carbon Intensity by 20 Percent*
(metric tons CO2e/vehicle)

Reductions in carbon intensity, which are close to 22 percent since 2010, have closely tracked with improved energy efficiency. We have met our target three years before our goal year.

Reduce Water Intensity by 15 Percent*

By the end of 2017, we had reduced our overall water intensity by 12 percent since 2010 and are well within reach of achieving our 2020 goal early.

Reduce Waste Intensity by 40 Percent*

By the end of 2017 we had reduced our waste intensity by 25 percent and have a plan to meet it by 2020.

Reach 150 Landfill-Free Sites*

The addition of 27 new landfill-free sites positions us well within reach of our 2020 goal and marks steady progress toward our aspiration to become a zero-waste company. We have increased our goal for the third time.

Reduce VOC Emissions by 10 Percent

Though we achieved our commitment in 2013, we continue to lower VOC emissions annually.

Establish a Wildlife Habitat Certification (or Equivalent) at Each GM Manufacturing Site Where Feasible by 2020.*

We were gratified to add 11 new certified wildlife habitats during 2017, thanks to the commitment and enthusiasm of our manufacturing employees and leadership. We are currently at 81 percent of our goal.

* Upon our divestiture of Opel and Vauxhall, GM used the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard, published by WBCSD and WRI as a basis for our methodology for publicly reporting GHG.

100% Promote and engage community outreach on environmental and energy issues by completing an outreach activity at all plants on an annual basis.

Energy Reduction

5 years
U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence in Energy Management
3 years
U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® Climate Communications Award
U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® Certified Facilities
U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry Facilities
31 plants
U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings, Better Plants Program
Global Climate
Leader for
Water and
Supply Chain

Green Dealerships


*These dealers met specific criteria for environmental performance. Visit www.gmgreendealer.com for details of the program.

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