General Motors has announced its plans to source 100 percent renewable energy to power its U.S. sites by 2025. By accelerating its renewable energy goal, GM aims to avoid 1 million metric tons of carbon emissions that would have been produced between 2025 and 2030.
It follows the announcement of GM’s science based targets and its plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 – aligned with its aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. The company has committed to invest $35 billion in electric and autonomous vehicles and plans to introduce more than 30 EVs globally by 2025.
Sourcing renewable energy is a component of the automaker’s plans to decarbonize its portfolio. As it works toward fulfilling its climate commitments, the company is focusing its renewable energy efforts toward the following areas: increasing energy efficiency, sourcing renewables, addressing intermittency and policy advocacy.
Additionally, GM announced that it is collaborating with PJM Interconnection (a regional transmission organization) and TimberRock (a technology-enabled energy company) to track the real-time carbon emissions at GM’s facilities associated with electricity use. The initiative is expected to expand to include the carbon emissions associated with customers’ electric vehicles.
GM also announced that it has signed on to participate in Breakthrough Energy Catalyst. The initiative brings together public and private sector partners to advance the commercialization of technology that will support GM’s climate actions goals. This commitment to Catalyst rounds out the other sustainability initiatives the OEM has established through its $25 million Climate Equity Fund, which supports grassroots and community organizations that are working for climate justice.