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Friday, 17 July 2020 18:39

GM Releases 10th Annual Sustainability Report Outlining 2019 Progress and Plans for the Future

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General Motors on July 16 released its 10th annual Sustainability Report, providing transparency and accountability on its progress and key accomplishments.

The report outlines GM’s stance on key issues like environmental stewardship, safety, inclusion and health and well-being.

 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, GM has remained committed to its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion.

 

In March, GM debuted its new Ultium battery technology, which will enable GM to offer an EV for everyone. And while the pandemic caused GM to temporarily suspend operations in the U.S., the company continued to make progress on its electric vehicle development, and all Ultium platform EVs remain on schedule.

 

GM is also on track to:

 

  • Allocate more than $20 billion of capital and engineering resources to its electric and autonomous vehicle programs between 2020 and 2025.
  • Continue site preparation at GM and LG Chem’s joint venture cell manufacturing plant, Ultium Cells LLC, in Lordstown, OH.
  • Deliver EVs that will allow GM to compete for nearly every customer, from those seeking a high-performance machine to a full-size truck.

 

The Ultium battery enables a breadth of vehicles to be built across brands and segments on the same platform. Upcoming products include the Cadillac LYRIQ, which will go into production in 2022; the GMC HUMMER EV, which will go into production in late 2021; and the Cruise Origin.

 

GM also recognizes the need for companies to leverage resources and leadership to drive positive change for the common good. During the pandemic, GM partnered with Ventec Life Systems to build 30,000 ventilators at GM’s Kokomo, IN, facility. In addition to building ventilators, GM employees are producing face masks at facilities in Brazil, China, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. All production is on track, with each site producing millions of face masks each month to help the communities where GM employees live and work.

 

This is the first sustainability report to be released since GM made a commitment to become the most inclusive company in the world. To achieve this goal, GM commissioned an Inclusion Advisory Board. Chaired by GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, the board consists of internal and external advisors dedicated to guiding GM’s commitment to building a culture that is safe and equitable.

 

“The past several months have been difficult and our world has changed. As we move through the world in a new way, GM is as determined as ever to create solutions that lead to a better future for all,” said Barra. “GM remains focused on delivering on our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion, while becoming the most inclusive company in the world.”

 

Highlights from the 2019 Sustainability Report include:

 

GM’s accelerated sustainability commitments to:

 

  • Source 100% of electricity from renewable sources in the U.S. by 2030 and globally by 2040, a full decade earlier than previously announced.
  • Continue recycling 100% of end-of-life EV batteries.
  • Establish a sustainable material target of at least 50% by 2030 for all vehicles.

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