GM Earns EPA Energy Star Partner Of The Year Award

(3BL Media/Justmeans) - There's some positive energy flowing at General Motors. The automaker has earned​, ​for the sixth time​,​ the Par​t​ner of the Year award from EPA’s Energy Star initiative in recognition of​ its​ efforts in energy efficiency. The company has saved $73 million in energy costs, thanks to its initiatives ​to ​reduc​e ​​​​energy intensity and has avoided 388,000 metric tons of carbon emissions. This amount of energy could power 57,000 US homes​, the company says.​

GM uses ENERGY STAR’s energy “treasure hunt” ​to detect energy efficiency opportunities, such as optimizing start-up and shut-down procedures ​and ​motion-activated lighting.​ All in all, the auto giant has reduced energy use ​at its manufacturing facilities by 10 percent on a per-vehicle basis in 2016 ​in relation to the previous year.

Other achievements include a new renewable energy commitment to meet the electricity needs of GM’s global operations with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050; the completion of $20 million worth of energy-savings projects that are expected to produce a two-year return on investment; and the implementation of a new energy management system in GM’s non-manufacturing facilities, which saves $2 million annually.

Besides, 15 GM buildings earned ENERGY STAR certification in 2016, including the Enterprise Data Center in Warren, Michigan, ​one of only 104 ENERGY STAR certified data centers across the U.S​.​ GM is the first automaker to earn such certification.​ T​his was achieved with in-row cooling to contain heat generated by the equipment in a smaller area. GM is able to leverage Michigan’s cooler climate for nearly three-quarters of the year by pumping water outside to chill it naturally before using it to cool the data servers, bypassing the HVAC system.

“The ENERGY STAR program’s benchmarking and modeling helps reduce our carbon footprint, while also saving GM millions of dollars,” said Alicia Boler Davis, executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “We continue to introduce the program to our suppliers so they, too, can further increase operational efficiency and realize financial and environmental benefits from energy conservation.”

GM​'s overall goal is to reduce ​its energy and carbon intensity by 20 percent by 2020​ and has achieved a reduction of​15 percent​ since 2010​. The company ​appeared i​​n CDP’s global Climate A List last year in recognition of​ its efforts to tackle climate change.​​

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