We have a strong tradition of environmental stewardship at our facilities around the world. We continually assess the impact of our operations with the goal of continuous improvement, and we are proud of the progress that our facilities have made to date. Earlier this year, we committed to a new set of resource conservation and environmental stewardship initiatives over the next decade. We are pleased to report on the progress we made in 2011 on these 2020 commitments. In addition, we retained a third party, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA), to conduct an independent review and limited assurance of environmental indicator data for GM's global facilities for the 2010 (baseline) and 2011 calendar year reporting periods. The objective of the assurance process was to assess the reliability of the data for energy usage (#1), water consumption (#5), greenhouse gas emissions (#3), VOC emissions (#4) and waste materials (#6).
Reduce energy intensity from facilities by 20 percent.*
Includes all manufacturing and nonmanufacturing facility energy use, normalized by vehicle production (correlates to the CO2 scopes). This data includes data from some GM JVs. Note that the 2010 base year has been adjusted from 2.59 to 2.49 to reflect divested assets and updated emission factors, consistent with GHG protocol. Our 2020 target was lowered from 2.07 to 1.99 to reflect this change.
Promote global renewable energy use to utilize 125 MW of renewable energy by 2020.*
Currently includes landfill gas, solar photovoltaic, small hydroelectric and biomass.
Reduce carbon intensity from facilities by 20 percent.*
Includes all manufacturing and nonmanufacturing CO2 emissions reported in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Scope 1&2 categories, normalized by vehicle production. This data includes data from some GM JVs. Note that the 2010 base year has been adjusted from 0.93 to 0.88 to reflect divested assets and current GHG protocol emission factors. Our 2020 target was lowered from 0.74 to 0.70 to reflect this change.
Reduce VOC emissions from assembly painting operations by 10 percent.*
VOC emissions are composed of the following emission units: ELPO, Primer, Topcoat, Final Repair and Cleaning Solvents, which are considered the major sources of VOC emissions from typical paint shops. Excluded are minor sources of VOC emissions, such as maintenance painting, sealers, etc. This data includes data from some GM JVs. Note that the 2010 base year has been adjusted from 3.71 to 3.80 due to the addition of three facilities to the baseline (not included last year), resulting in a small increase in emissions. The 2020 target was raised from 3.34 to 3.40 to reflect this change.
Protect water quality and reduce water intensity by 15 percent.*
Includes all manufacturing and nonmanufacturing facility water use (municipal, surface, well), normalized by vehicle production. This data includes data from some GM JVs. Note that the 2010 base year has been adjusted from 4.70 to 4.89 to reflect divested assets. The 2020 target was raised from 4.00 to 4.16 to reflect this change.
Reduce total waste from facilities by 10 percent.*
Total waste includes all manufacturing waste, including scrap metals and foundry sands and foundry-related process waste. It excludes event waste (such as demolition, construction and remediation debris), and waste from nonmanufacturing sites. This data includes data from some GM JVs. Note that the 2010 base year has been adjusted from 304 to 310 to reflect the addition of waste from facilities in Mexico, which had been inadvertently omitted due to programming errors. The 2020 target was raised from 273 to 279 to reflect this change.
Promote landfill-free facilities to achieve 100 landfill-free manufacturing sites and 25 nonmanufacturing sites.
All by-products (wastes) that come from ongoing, day-to-day manufacturing-related operations must be taken into account as part of a landfill-free designation. This includes periodic by-products, such as pit cleanouts. To qualify for "landfill-free" status, facilities must handle by-products by any other method except placement in a landfill. By-product material residues that have been sent to an off-site recycling center and subsequently landfilled by the recycling center must not exceed one percent, by weight, of the facility's total waste production volume. The ash generated from waste-to-energy recovery facilities is exempt. Individual plants, i.e., assembly, stamping, foundry, engine or transmission plants; parts distribution, proving grounds and technical centers are treated as "facilities" or "sites." This data includes data from some GM JVs.
Promote and engage community outreach on environmental and energy issues by completing one outreach activity per plant on an annual basis.
63% Participation in 2011
Progress: Fifty-six sites (co-located sites, such as an assembly plant, stamping plant and engine plant all located at the same complex, are treated as a single site) globally had at least one community outreach in 2011. This represents approximately 63 percent participation in 2011.
Improve wildlife habitats by having a Wildlife Habitat Certification (or equivalent) at each GM manufacturing site where feasible by 2020.
Co-located sites, such as an assembly plant, stamping plant and engine plant all located at the same complex, are treated as a single site.