DETROIT – In the year following the Climate Declaration signing, General Motors continues to prove there is economic opportunity in tackling climate change.
Organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition, the Climate Declaration reinforces the economic benefit of addressing clean energy, energy efficiency, cleaner transportation and reduced carbon emissions. GM remains the only automaker among 750 signatories.
“The world is changing and we are making bold moves to ensure we remain relevant to customers and conserve the resources our industry relies on,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs. “We are restructuring our entire portfolio to maximize vehicle efficiencies with the intent of setting a new standard in fuel economy and reducing carbon emissions around the globe while we meet a variety of customer needs.”
GM’s fuel-efficient and electrified vehicle lineup complements the company’s environmental commitment to responsible manufacturing, from using renewable energy to increasing energy efficiency. On April 3, for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized GM with a 2014 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for superior energy management.
GM also ranked among the top 10 percent of companies reporting in the CDP Global 500 Climate Change Report 2013, demonstrating leading practices for measuring emissions and energy and transparency for its climate change strategy.
GM communicates the business case for addressing climate change with employees and suppliers, helping it receive the EPA ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Climate Communications Award for raising consumer awareness of climate change. It also joined the voluntary EPA SmartWay Partnership to drive benchmarking of fuel consumption and reduction of emissions by freight shippers and carriers.
Since signing the declaration, GM has taken action to address climate change:
"GM has come a long way in adapting to today's market and environmental climate," said Anne Kelly, director of the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy coalition at Ceres. “We look forward to GM's continued proactive, collaborative action to turn sustainability challenges into economic opportunities.”
About General Motors Co.
General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 31 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
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