Here’s a cool bit of news and a win for an American car company. General Motors ranked No. 29 on the U.S. Environment Protection Agency’s Top 100 List of the largest green power users from the Green Power Partnership (GPP). The only automotive company on the list. Bravo, GM!
Moreover, GM has really put its money where its mouth is in going green. In addition to the EPA’s top 100 list, the company listed No. 6 on the GPP’s Top On-Site Generation list and No. 14 on EPA’s list of Green Power Partners from the Fortune 500®.
It should be noted that GM has voluntarily made the shift. The decision to substitute out fossil fuels for landfill gas, wind and solar energy was a decision and not a mandate from the government.
GM can claim significant results too. It now sources 430 million kilowatt-hours from green power annually, which accounts for more than 10% of its U.S. operations usage. Let’s put that in perspective to realize the enormity of the accomplishment. According to the EPA, those 430 million kilowatt-hours could provide electricity to almost 40,000 average American homes.
What’s even more impressive is that GM isn’t piggybacking onto the trend to convert to green energy for good publicity. Going green is part of its business plan. In 2010, GM committed to reducing its energy and carbon intensity by 20 percent by 2020. They not only met but surpassed the goal by 2017.
When it comes to the environment, GM has taken a leadership position, providing a good example of what’s possible when the desire is strong enough. We need more of this kind of commitment and follow through from the transportation industry if we have any hope of repairing the vast damage we’ve already done to the planet.