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GM Boasts 63 Energy Star Challenge Plants

Linda Hardesty

GM logoNine more General Motors facilities have achieved the US EPA Energy Star voluntary Challenge for Industry, bringing the company’s total to 63, more facilities than any organization worldwide.

The specific challenge – to cut energy intensity by 10 percent within five years – resulted in a collective avoidance of $162 million in energy costs. The conservation efforts from the nine new and 22 repeat achievers helped reduce energy by 23 percent in just two to three years, contributing $72 million to the total savings.

In addition to its goal to slash energy intensity 20 percent by 2020, GM has implemented a variety of savings initiatives worldwide:

  • Rayong Assembly in Thailand conducts regular energy audits on the weekends, has installed LED lighting in the paint inspection areas and installed skylights to harvest daylight.
  • Flint, Mich. Assembly, one of GM’s oldest facilities, upgraded its lighting and cut steam heat for cost and carbon reductions.
  • St. Petersburg Assembly employees in Russia installed devices that control consumption of various energy sources and developed procedures that decreased equipment start-up time, lessening energy wasted before work begins.

GM spends more than $1 billion on energy worldwide annually and measures energy on an hourly basis for performance data and cost saving opportunities. GM’s energy efficiency measures engage all employees at its facilities, from people monitoring energy dashboards to those assembling vehicles on a plant floor.

The 63 facilities that met the Energy Star challenge represent 42 percent of GM’s global manufacturing operations.



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