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General Motors will power all of its US sites with renewable energy by 2025

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General Motors will use the energy resources needed to power all of its US facilities on clean energy by 2025.

This is in line with the acceleration target announced in September 2021, which is 5 years ahead of the 2030 target announced in early 2021 and 25 years ahead of the initial 2050 target set in 2016.

“We believe it is very important for ourselves, for our customers and for the future of the planet to step up our efforts and achieve ambitious targets that bring us closer to a more sustainable world,” said Kristen Siemen, GM’s chief sustainability officer.

According to Siemen, securing the renewable energy they need to achieve their goals shows real progress in reducing the company’s emissions in all aspects of its business.

By achieving this accelerated goal, GM hopes to avoid producing the approximately 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions it will produce between 2025 and 2030, equal to the emissions resulting from burning 1 billion pounds of coal.

Renewable energy sources are an important component of GM’s plans for decarbonization. There are at least four pillars of the company’s renewable energy strategy, namely:

  • Improving Energy Efficiency: GM’s energy goals begin with reducing energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency.
  • Renewable Energy Sources: While working to minimize the amount of energy required to run its facilities, GM also sources renewable energy through direct investment, on-site generation, green tariffs and electricity purchase agreements.
  • Overcoming Intermittency: GM invented technology to store renewable energy in the medium and long term, so that its power consumption is not compromised by external fluctuations.
  • Policy Advocacy: GM supports policies that enable a carbon-free and resilient power system.

“Today’s announcement to secure the energy needed to achieve their 2025 goals is another example of their leadership,” said Miranda Ballentine, CEO of the Clean Energy Buyers Association.

GM plans to reach more than 1 million units of annual EV capacity in North America and China by the end of 2025.

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