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Environmental Stewardship

Cars and trucks represent only 20 percent of America’s annual carbon emissions, yet automakers are the only industry committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions of new products by 30 percent in just five years. This reduction is the carbon equivalent of
eliminating 50 coal plants.

The EPA estimates that achieving this standard could cost automakers nearly $52 billion in research and development costs alone. Retooling, materials and manufacturing costs will also be substantial.

Already, automakers offer more than 150 new hybrids, all-electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Chrysler, Ford and GM alone are putting millions of flex fuel vehicles on the road each year.

Dec 05 2013
Written by Melissa Burden | Posted on The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will invest $24 million to provide a powerhouse and electrical-generation equipment at two assembly plants to allow for converting landfill gas into electricity.

The Detroit automaker says it will be the first North American automaker to generate its own electricity using landfill gas, a source of renewable energy. The investment is going into GM’s Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township and its Fort Wayne Assembly Plant in Roanoke, Ind. About $13 million will be spent at Orion.

Dec 03 2013
Written by Bennett J. Loudon | Posted on Democrat & Chronicle

General Motors executive John Bradburn longs for the day when the automaker won't have to do any recycling.

It's not that Bradburn, general manager of the corporation's waste reduction efforts, isn't environmentally friendly. Actually, he's hoping that someday everything will be used up in the production process and there won't be anything left over to dispose of.

"We want to recycle and reuse zero. That would mean all material is consumed in the process," said Bradburn.

Dec 02 2013
Written by Jon LeSage | Posted on Autoblog Green

The Ford Motor Company is getting competitive on the compressed natural gas (CNG) truck front. While Detroit counterparts General Motors and Chrysler have a head start, Ford has begun manufacturing its 2014 F-150 – the first CNG/LPG-capable half-ton pickup – and the CNG engine will be extended to eight of its commercial vehicles.

Nov 19 2013
The Detroit News

A record nine automotive manufacturers will exhibit at the 2014 consumer electronics show — renamed 2014 International CES — as automakers seek to convince consumers that their brands have the best and most up-to-date onboard electronics.

The show’s organizers said Monday Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes and Toyota will showcase their latest technologies at the Jan. 7-10 show in Las Vegas — just a week before press preview days at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Nov 19 2013
Written by Thomas Browning | Posted on GM Authority

Industry accounts for approximately 33% of the energy consumed in the United States. A good deal of this energy is simply wasted as heat released into the environment. For example, about 66% of the energy produced when electricity is generated from a coal-burning power plant is wasted – making it one of the most inefficient energy resources available. Such waste can cost companies and consumers billions of dollars over time, without even taking into account the environmental and health costs for which coal-burning power plants are responsible.