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General Motors’ Statement on Sustainability

By George Harvey, staff

“Facing an automotive industry that is unsustainable in its current form, General Motors is restructuring its global vehicle portfolio, rethinking manufacturing and collaborating with unlikely partners to advance the industry.” These are the first words of a statement GM issued on May 19.

Chevrolet Spark EV, chevrolet.com

Chevrolet Spark EV, chevrolet.com

The car manufacturer is revamping both its manufacturing and its fleet of car models along lines that emphasize sustainability. It emphasizes in its statement that it expects to increase its profits by doing this.

GM has sold 153,034 electrically-powered vehicles (EVs) up to the end of 2013. They are expecting to sell a total of 500,000 by 2017. To this end, they are introducing more models.

They have brought nine additional manufacturing facilities to the Energy Star® Challenge for Industry standards, bringing the total to 63. This meant scrapping old coal-burning boilers, trapping and using landfill gasses, and reducing use of water and other resources.

GM has a series of specific goals to achieve by 2020, starting from a baseline of their usage in 2010. As of May 19, 2014 they were well on their way, achieving nearly 50% or more on four out of five goals.

You can see the statement at this link.

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