General Motors is partnering with the United States Department of Energy to cut energy usage at 25 of its sites in the country. In a statement, GM expects to cut its energy use at the plants by 25 percent by 2018 through the DOE's national “Better Buildings, Better Plants” program. The program provides industrial and commercial building owners with assistance in increasing energy efficiency and pushes collaboration among companies to share their learning.
Other carmakers taking part in the program are Nissan North America and Ford Motor Co ., according to the DOE's Web site. A GM spokeswoman told Automotive News in an e-mail that the carmaker already has implemented 218 energy-saving measures, which are expected to result to savings of over $7 million.
In a statement, Kathleen Hogan, DOE deputy assistant secretary for energy efficiency, remarked that GM’s efforts are “helping the nation benefit from energy efficiency.”
GM's workers at its Fairfax site in Kansas found more than $200,000 in annual cost savings after attending a DOE training event that taught them how to save energy by efficiently using compressed air.
United Auto Workers vice president Joe Ashton, who directs the union's GM department, said in a statement, that by providing UAW members with proper energy management training, they can ensure that the sites where they “work will be up to speed on industry best practices for cutting carbon emissions."
GM is also participating in DOE’s “Workplace Charging Challenge” program that’s designed to help increase the number of employers offering vehicle charging stations 10-fold within five years.