General Motors has earned the 2020 Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award. It is the ninth year the company has been recognized for its efforts to reduce emissions.
“I salute the 2020 Energy Star award winners. These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection,” said Anne Idsal, Environmental Protection Agency principal deputy assistant administrator for air and radiation.
In 2010, GM committed to a 20 percent reduction in carbon intensity by 2020, which it met early in 2017. So, in February, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra announced accelerated energy goals, including the sourcing of 100 percent renewable energy in GM U.S. facilities by 2030 and globally by 2040.
GM has three plants in the South: Spring Hill Manufacturing in Tennessee, Bowling Green plant in Kentucky and the Arlington plant in Texas.
At the Spring Hill facility, the company makes the Cadillac XT5 and XT6, GMC Acadia and Holden Acadia, as well as 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 engines, the new 2.0-liter turbo engine and the 2.7 turbo engine. The plant employs approximately 3,808 workers at the 7.9 million-square-foot facility.
In Bowling Green, the company makes the Corvette Stingray, as well as the LT1, LT4 and LT5 6.2-liter V-8 engines. At this 1.7 million-square-foot facility, it employs approximately 1,445 workers.
In Arlington’s 5.75 million-square-foot facility, almost 5,000 workers produce the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.
Production at the plants is suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.