GM Pledges 40-Percent Emissions Cut

General Motors promises that its factories inNorth America will emit 40 percent less carbon dioxide in 2010 than they did in 2000.


GM says its voluntary decisions comes about from its membership in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Leaders program, which helps major corporations develop ways to cut their emissions. GM was a founding member of the program in 2002 and at the time, made a pledge to cut its emissions by ten percent from 2000 levels.


The automaker is achieving its cuts in a variety of ways. Landfill gases are being used as fuel, as is solar power. GM’s production efficiency has improved, which cuts down on emissions. Left undisclosed in the release, however, is exactly how much GM’s massive production cuts and factory closings are contributing to reaching the CO2 goal.


To date, GM says it has reduced its CO2 emissions by 25 percent. When it reaches its goal in 2010, its cuts will equal 4.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, which would equal the emissions of 432,692 households in a year.

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