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DETROIT - General Motors has been awarded EPA's 2004 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for its outstanding and continued leadership in superior energy management.

David Skiven, executive director of GM's Worldwide Facilities Group, will accept the award on behalf of General Motors at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2004.

An ENERGY STAR Partner since 1995, General Motors received ENERGY STAR'S Partner of the Year Award in 2002 for outstanding commitment to energy efficiency. This year, EPA is honoring GM for maintaining its smart energy management practices and investments throughout the company.

"GM is a leader in incorporating environmental principles into its products and facilities," said Skiven.

"We have an aggressive program employing ENERGY STAR principles to reduce energy usage by 25 percent at our North American facilities by the end of 2005 from 1995 levels," he said.

GM is squarely on target to achieve this goal, having already reduced energy consumption by about 20 percent to date. This reduction is equal to the average energy consumption of 170,000 homes per year.

"This aggressive implementation of energy reduction initiatives highlights GM's commitment to sustainability," said Elizabeth Lowery, GM vice president of Environment and Energy.

In addition to energy reduction through programs such as EPA's Green Lights and ENERGY STAR Buildings Partnership, General Motors also has been actively pursuing renewable energy projects through its participation in EPA's Green Power Partnership and Landfill Methane Outreach Program, as well as in the World Resources Institute's Green Power Market Development Group.

Last year, about 1.7 percent, or 1.5 trillion BTU, of General Motors' U.S. total energy usage was from renewable sources, such as landfill gas. This percentage equates to the

reduction of about 173 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. This year, GM converted a fifth U.S. site, the Shreveport Louisiana Assembly plant, to use landfill gas as boiler fuel.

"As an ENERGY STAR partner, General Motors has successfully integrated energy performance into their business strategy and day-to-day operations," said Kathleen Hogan, director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division.

"By participating in ENERGY STAR, corporations such as General Motors are demonstrating to businesses worldwide that protecting the environment is good for the bottom line," she said.
 

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:D Wow, I'm impressed, I knew that GM was making an effort to become more energy efficient and developping some hydrogen vehicles, and hybrid trucks. This should be one topic that GM should advertise. As many people are most likley of the opinion that GM has no concern for the environment, and would show some of Prius and Insight that the Japenesse aren't the only engergy smart auto-makers.

One question is this an annual award?
 

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This refers to energy management at the facilities levels, Canadian Camaro SS. Of course, proper energy management not only translates into less tangible things like an environmentally-friendly image but also in such tangible things as less money spent on materials (more for profits!).

I am most intrigued by the hydrogen-powered power plant at the Dow facility in TX. There is so much to hydrogen power than just cars, and it would be great if GM would capitalize on it. Imagine the additional future revenue and profits if General Motors had a "General Hydrogen" division...
 

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this is fantastic to hear. as much as i'm sure we GMi members like to see GM's product advancements... things like manufacturing efficiency and energy efficiency are very important. this shows that GM is concerned with being a world-class company, not just producing world-class cars. the difference is if GM is streamlined and efficient, better product is much easier (and more profitable) to produce.
 

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TAKE THAT pro-hybrid advocates!! Saying that GM isn't doing it's job to keep up with foreign brands that "excell" at energy saving technology - what a crock. :lol:
 

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Things like this show that GM is so much more environmentally friendly than it gets credit for. Ford touts itself as the greenest of the Big 3, but GM has quietly moved into the lead. GM's plants and hybrid buses (to name just two) are more than making up for all the energy Hummer H2s and the like are supposedly wasting.
 

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This award is for the Facilities only, not products.

GM is hardly a leader for making cars that exceed the current emission requirements for their cars.

Mark
 
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