General Motors, one of the largest automotive companies in the world, and surely one of the most polluting companies in the world have pledged to go entirely green. 100% green. But of course, they have given themselves 33 years to do it.
Their press release was as follows:
“General Motors plans to generate or source all electrical power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with 100 percent renewable energy — such as wind, sun and landfill gas — by 2050. GM is also joining RE100, a global collaborative initiative of businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity.”
It is indeed a noble plan, but there may be some issues with it.
Currently GM are saving $5 million each year already from using renewable energy, and that number can only increase as more of their projects come online as the cost of installations decreases.
In 2015, GM required 9 terawatt-hours (9 million megawatts) of electricity to power its global operations. Prior to this latest plan, General Motors intended to use 125 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. They are set to achieve this goal with their two new wind projects coming online helping to power four different manufacturing operations.
As it stands GM have 22 facilities with solar arrays, and three facilities harnessing power from landfill gas. They are also in the process of adding more solar arrays at two facilities in China with an output of 30 megawatts.
GM’s Jinqiao Cadillac assembly plant in Shanghai will feature 10 megawatts of rooftop solar and 20 megawatts of solar carports, which will cover 8,100 parking spaces at the company’s vehicle distribution center parking lot in Wuhan.
While General Motors’ intentions seem pure, and it is a step in the right direction, it certainly is a “bold and ambitions commitment”, considering BMW Group will source more than 66 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020, and India’s Tata Motors, a huge conglomerate, has managed to get just 5 percent of its energy consumption from renewable sources last year.
GM? Well they are on track for 1.38 percent by 2020. Seems like a long way to go.