In addition to zero-emission vehicles, GM is trying to clean up its own operations

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By Ben Klayman

DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (NYSE 🙂 is not only aiming to eliminate tailpipe emissions on all light vehicles sold by 2035, but the largest U.S. automaker is also trying to clean up its own operations with the goals set on Friday.

The Detroit automaker has published a number of new goals in its 2020 sustainability report, including reducing energy consumption for building vehicles and using reusable packaging.

“In addition to tackling tailpipe emissions, we are focusing on reducing emissions from the inside out,” said Kristen Siemen, GM’s chief sustainability officer, in a statement. “That means reducing the amount of electricity, water and waste associated with the production of all vehicles and sourcing more sustainable materials, such as those that use recycled content and more efficient processes.”

In January, GM announced that it intends to sell all new cars, SUVs, and light pickups with zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, which could mark a potentially dramatic move away from gasoline and diesel engines. The company also plans to be carbon neutral by 2040.

In Friday’s report, GM said its new sustainability goals are to reduce operational energy intensity – or the energy used to manufacture its vehicles – by 35% by 2035 from a 2010 baseline of 2.31 megawatt hours (MWh) per Vehicle to reduce. This figure was 2.06 MWh per vehicle last year.

One megawatt hour is the equivalent of 1,000 kilowatts of electricity consumed continuously for one hour, or the amount of electricity used by around 330 households over that period, according to CleanEnergyAuthority.com.

GM said it also wants to divert more than 90% of the waste sent to landfill and incineration worldwide by 2025. Last year, GM sent more than 176,000 tons of waste to landfill and incineration, compared to nearly 300,000 tons in 2016, according to the report.

The company said it wants to make packaging 100 percent reusable by 2030, or make it from mostly sustainable content. As of 2020 there were no longer any comparable figures.

GM previously said it will source 100% renewable energy to power its US locations by 2030 and global locations by 2035, five years ahead of an earlier target.

Ford Motor (NYSE 🙂 Co on Friday established a Code of Conduct for Suppliers that covers expectations about human rights, the environment, responsible materials sourcing, and legitimate business practices, expanding the guidelines that have been in place since 2003.

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