General Motors sets 100 per cent renewable target for 2050

GM has set an ambitious target of 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.

US car giant, General Motors (GM), has set the ambitious target of using 100 per cent renewable energy in all 350 of its operations by 2050.

In 2015, GM used 9 terawatt hours (of electricity to build its vehicles and power offices, technical centres and warehouses in 59 countries around the world.

GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra made the announcement this week, saying it would help the company serve society better by reducing its environmental impact.

“This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air, while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs,” Ms Barra said.

While transitioning to renewable energy sources, General Motors will continue to improve efficiency of its operations.

The new target builds on GM’s previous goal of 125MW of renewable energy by 2020, which they expect to exceed when two new wind projects come online later this year.

They are also in the process of adding 30MW of PV energy at two facilities in China. The Jinqiao Cadillac assembly plant in Shanghai will have 10MW of rooftop solar and 20MW of solar carports – covering 8100 parking spaces at at the Wuhan vehicle distribution centre.

GM has been investing in renewable technologies for more than 20 years, and currently 22 facilities have solar energy generation and three sites are generating gas from landfill.

The motor company will use it’s expertise in developing battery storage to ensure reliability and intermittency issues, and are currently using Chevrolet volt batteries for storage at its Milford Proving Ground data centre office.