GM Save $73 Million Due to Energy Efficiency Improvements in 2016

GIANT car manufacturer General Motors (GM) are concerned about energy efficiency, to cut bills and reduce their substantial greenhouse gas emissions, and they saved $73 million in 2016.

Actions such as the installation of 186,000 LED bulbs and fixtures and energy management systeam contributed to the savings made. Global efforts by GM to improve energy efficiency play a significant part in the group’s goal of meeting the electricity needs of its worldwide operations with 100% renewable energy by 2050.

“Energy efficiency can reduce electricity loads, which will help us more easily transition to renewable energy sources,” said Al Hildreth, GM’s global energy manager. “Together, these environmental improvements help us reduce our carbon footprint, cut costs and deliver value back to our customers.”

Sixteen GM facilities have recently been recognised for their continued efforts to improve energy efficiency. GM’s Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan and the Fort Wayne assembly plant in Indiana have both earned Energy Star certification due to their efforts. These plants are 75% more energy efficient than similar buildings across the U.S. and they also meet strict performance levels set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Along with LED lights, efficient energy management systems were installed at the Fort Wayne Assembly plant. To further help to reduce energy use the Fort Wayne team also installed variable-frequency drives that help cooling tower pump systems and fans operate with greater precision. Fort Wayne Assembly will receive nearly $1 million in utility incentives over the next three years as a result.

GM warehouses in Waterford and Burton, Michigan also earned ENERGY STAR® certification installed LEDs with motion sensors and are using energy management systems to control heating.

GM’s Grand Rapids Operations replaced 11,000 lights with LED tubes, improved its energy management systems and installed new variable-frequency drives on heating and cooling equipment. These activities resulted in an 18% reduction in energy intensity.

GM’s Bedford Casting Operations, an aluminum die casting facility, reduced its energy intensity by 12% through monitoring the energy use of facility equipment in real time, they also installed high-efficiency burner controls on their melting furnaces and.

GM states it has a strong belief in sustainability and has been recognised for their actions to reduce energy use.

Source and picture from General Motors.

Monday 31st October 2016

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