Tuesday, December 27, 2011

GM's Greener Manufacturing of Fuel Efficient Vehicles

Since 1990, GM has decreased its manufacturing emissions by 60 percent. GM produces fuel efficient cars like the Cruze Eco, which gets an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway. GM also produces the well known Chevy Volt which allows up to 50 miles of pure electric driving on a single charge after which a small gasoline engine/generator creates electricity for an additional 300 miles.

GM is serious about addressing climate change. "Chevy's Volt and its clean energy investment both exemplify the bold leadership businesses can take today to address our changing climate," Goddard Claussen said." Its commitment to community-focused clean energy and energy efficiency investments will drive change and increase awareness across the country."

Other green initiatives from GM include reducing water use by nearly 35 percent between 2005 and 2009 at manufacturing facilities worldwide; decreasing fossil fuel at GM plants by using landfill gas, hydro and solar power; recycling 90 percent of the waste the company generates; and operating 75 landfill-free facilities, more than half of its manufacturing plants globally.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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