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Four GM Plants Repeat ENERGY STAR Challenge: Reduce energy intensity by 32 percent


DETROIT--April 22, 2014: Four General Motors plants have met the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry voluntary energy reduction challenge for a second time, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

In total, 63 GM plants across the globe have met the challenge – more than any other organization worldwide.

The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry requires facilities to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within five years to meet the challenge.

The four GM plants are:

Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant – 24 percent energy intensity reduction Dongyue (China) Engine Plant – 45 percent Flint (Mich.) Metal Center – 18 percent Jinqiao (China) North Assembly Plant – 43 percent

With an average energy intensity reduction of 32 percent, these plants avoided spending $43 million in energy costs, which allowed a combined reduction of 200,000 tons of CO2 – equivalent to 5 million trees grown for 10 years.

“These four plants represent GM’s desire to continue working toward an energy efficiency future for the company,” said Al Hildreth, GM global energy manager. “It proves that all of our plants play an integral role in meeting our energy reduction goals.”

Earlier this month, GM was named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence for the second straight year for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy management.

By 2020, GM is committed to reducing energy intensity at worldwide facilities 20 percent.