2009 General Motors EARTH ANGEL APPLICANT SUBMISSION
1. Name 3 or more environmental initiatives your company supported/sponsored in 2008.
- In August, GM announced that it now has a total of 43 global facilities that are landfill-free. This means all production waste from the facilities is either recycled or reused. Eliminating waste to this degree is a GM manufacturing priority. Over 3 million tons of waste materials will be recycled or reused from General Motors plants worldwide this year. An additional 50,000 tons will be converted to energy at waste-to-energy facilities. Some of the materials recycled at GM’s zero landfill sites this year include 630,000 tons of scrap metal, 8,000 tons of wood, 7,500 tons of cardboard and 1,200 tons of plastic. Waste elimination and recycling at GM’s landfill-free plants and other facilities will also prevent 3.65 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere this year. Additionally, recycling materials to make new products reduces energy use and manufacturing costs, compared to using raw materials.
- In 2008, GM announced two new solar installations at its facilities in Baltimore, Maryland, and Zaragoza, Spain. The installation in Spain is the largest solar installation in the world. When fully operational, the installation will generate about 15.1 million kWh of power annually, which is equivalent to the demand of 4,575 households with an average annual consumption of 3,300 kWh in Spain. The solar installation in Baltimore will be one of the largest rooftop solar installations on the East Coast. The installation will generate about 1.4 million kWh of clean renewable solar energy, which is equivalent to the demand of about 140-150 U.S. households with an average annual consumption of 10,000 kWh.
-In 2008, GM announced two new partnerships with next-generation ethanol companies, Coskata and Mascoma, aimed at demonstrating the viability of sustainable non-grain based ethanol, an alternative fuel to gasoline that offers reduced dependency on petroleum and reduced emissions.
-GM’s Project Driveway – a program that puts Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell vehicles in the hands of every day drivers - has been on-going throughout 2008 in southern California, Washington, D.C. and New York. This is the world’s largest ever market test of fuel cell vehicles through which GM engineers are gathering valuable feedback on vehicle performance and customer interaction with the Equinox fuel cell vehicles.
2. Name 3 or more environmental initiatives your company will support in 2009.
- GM will work toward its goal of having half of its global facilities, more than 80, achieve landfill-free status by 2010. GM will also continue to work on other facility goals that it has set for the time period of 2005-2010. These include reducing energy and water use by 10 percent and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent – all on a global basis.
- For the 2009 model year, GM is offering 20 vehicle models that achieve over 30 mpg on the highway – helping to reduce emissions and dependence on petroleum. GM is also introducing a new XFE model on some vehicles for the 2009 model year which offers extra fuel economy for those vehicles over the regular model.
- In 2008, GM’s Board of Directors approved the Chevrolet Volt for production. Through the course of 2009, GM will continue to work on preparing the vehicle for production in 2010. The Volt is being designed to deliver up to 40 miles of gasoline- and emissions-free electric driving with the extended range capability of about 300 additional miles.
3. Name all vehicles that your company currently has in production that are hybrid, diesel, solar powered, flex-fuel, natural gas, ethanol, or any other alternative fuels.
-2009 Flex-Fuel (E85)
Chevrolet: Avalanche, Express, HHR, HHR Panel, Impala, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe; GMC: Savana, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL; Cadillac: Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT;
Buick Lucerne; Hummer: H2, H2 SUT
Saturn: Vue Hybrid, Vue 2-Mode Hybrid, Aura Hybrid; Chevrolet: Malibu Hybrid, Tahoe 2-Mode Hybrid, Silverado 2-Mode Hybrid; GMC: Yukon 2-Mode Hybrid, Sierra 2-Mode Hybrid
Cadillac Escalade 2-Mode Hybrid
Chevrolet: Silverado (Heavy Duty), Express, Topkick (Medium Duty); GMC: Sierra (Heavy Duty) Silverado, Savana, Kodiak (Medium Duty)
4. Name all environmental organizations with which your company has partnerships.
1.) Voluntary Initiatives on Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions with DOE and EPA (e.g. DOE Climate VISION, EPA Climate Leaders); 2.) Freedom CAR
1.) CERES ; 2.) The Nature Conservancy; 3.) Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative – Kennedy School, Harvard University; 4.) EarthForce GREEN; 5.) California Fuel Cell Partnership; 6.) Global Reporting Initiative; 7.) United States Council for Automotive Research - Vehicle Recycling Partnership; 8.) Wildlife Habitat Council (GM has designated more than 870 acres in North America as habitat enhancement and restoration projects to provide food, water and homes for wildlife.)
1.) World Business Council for Sustainable Development; 2.) Suppliers Partnership for the Environment; 3.) World Environment Center; 4.) Mascoma (next-generation ethanol); 5.) Coskata (next-generation ethanol); 6.) United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP); 7.) The Business Roundtable Climate RESOLVE Program; 8.) The Business Roundtable SEE Change Initiative
5. What is your company position and mission on global warming?
GM believes alternative energy sources and advanced vehicle technologies that reduce dependency on oil and reduce emissions are essential for achieving sustainable transportation. GM’s efforts include improving the efficiency of the internal combustion engine, expanding product offerings that operate on alternative fuels like ethanol, growing its hybrid portfolio with plans for 20 hybrid models by 2012, and producing electrically-propelled vehicles – like the Chevy Volt - that help diversify energy sources, reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Consistent with efforts to re-invent the automobile, and comprehensive efforts to reduce emissions from its facilities, GM was the first automaker to join the United States Climate Action Partnership in supporting establishing a mandatory federal program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on an economy-wide, market-driven basis through a cap-and-trade program that stimulates growth of advanced, low carbon technologies necessary to address climate change.