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General Motors Company

Detroit, Michigan

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence

General Motors Company (GM) is a leading automobile manufacturer located in more than 120 countries with sales reaching more than 8 million vehicles annually. The company's energy management program is integrated into its overall business model to ensure continuous efficiency improvements across the entire global organization. GM is receiving ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence recognition for its ongoing progress in energy performance and support of ENERGY STAR. Key 2012 accomplishments include:

  • Improving the energy intensity of U.S. operations by 11 percent compared to 2011 and saving $20 million in energy costs during that period which is equivalent to eliminating the emissions of 280,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents and offsetting similar emissions from the electricity use of 35,000 U.S. homes. Since 2008, GM has achieved a 16-percent intensity reduction.
  • Tracking energy use on a real-time basis for U.S. manufacturing sites resulting in nearly 2.5 million points of energy data that are collected every minute enabling the company to monitor real-time energy performance indicators.
  • Managing energy in its operations by retro-commissioning the HVAC systems in two assembly plants to save $5 million in 2012, and facilitating real-time continuous commissioning of this equipment elsewhere in the United States to save $3 million.
  • Showing leadership in energy efficiency in the U.S. metalcasting industry by sharing energy management practices and benchmarking with other manufacturers in EPA's ENERGY STAR Focus on Energy Efficiency in Metalcasting.
  • Coordinating with utilities, other manufacturers, and EPA to host a meeting in the Detroit region to introduce manufacturers to ENERGY STAR industrial energy management resources.
  • Earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification for two auto assembly plants, four warehouses, and an office building. GM's work to promote its achievements at one of these sites resulted in more than 80 news articles and reached an audience of 1.4 million.