General Motors

General Motors

General Motors Co. and its partners produce vehicles in 29 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 155,000 people in every major region of the world. The company has approved Science-Based Targets for Scope 1,2 with 72% absolute reduction in 2035 from a 2018 baseline. GM has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year-Sustained Excellence Award for superior energy management and has 63 facilities meeting a voluntary Energy Star® Challenge for Industry – reducing energy intensity by 10% within five years. In addition, GM has committed to RE-100 in US by 2025 and globally by 2035. GM also is a leader in the industrial sector for its utilization of landfill gas for electric generation.


Minimum 50% GHG reductions in 10 years
25% reduction in Energy Intensity


Better Climate Challenge   Better Plants Challenge
Waste Reduction Network   Water Savings Network
Low Carbon Pilot

General Motors received a 2018 Better Project Award for implementing a building automation system upgrade at its Romulus, Michigan, facility encompassing plant floor lighting, energy metering, and floor HVAC, with an estimated payback of 1.5 years. 

General Motors received a 2019 Better Project Award for using a packaged supplier to make utility upgrades at 3 different sites, shortening the project schedule by 10 months and reducing costs by 20% compared to a traditional stick-built approach - Project Presentation.

General Motors received a 2020 Better Practice Award for creating a Roadmap to track plant energy and water projects from the idea stage to the implementation stage - Practice Presentation.

General Motors received a 2021 Better Practice Award for establishing an "Energy and Carbon Optimization (ECO) Toolbox" that has helped identify cumulative annual energy savings opportunities of more than $2 million at six sites so far.

General Motors received a 2023 Better Practice Award for creating a self-paced Energy Treasure Map supplier program which led to a 10-time increase in the number of suppliers working to drive energy and water-reduction efforts at their facilities. 

Climate Challenge Commitment
82.2Million Square Feet
Buildings Challenge Commitment
GHG Emissions Goals
50%Reduction by 2030
Energy Goals
25%Reduction in Energy Intensity
0.9%Cumulative (vs. 2017 Baseline)
Energy Goals
25%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Goal Achieved25.6%Cumulative (vs. 2008 Baseline)
Water Goals
20%Reduction in Water Intensity
10.9%Cumulative (vs. 2017 Baseline)