GM Corvette Assembly Meets EPA Energy-Reduction Challenge

By: Christine Cartwright - iReporter
By: Christine Cartwright - iReporter

General Motors’ Bowling Green Corvette Assembly is one of 54 facilities to meet a voluntary energy-reduction challenge set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, cutting its energy intensity by 26 percent in less than one year to meet the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry.

To meet the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry, facilities need to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. Bowling Green’s reduction avoided 12,884 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere — the equivalent of electricity use by 1,456 U.S. homes annually.

“Our employees are committed to helping increase our global operations’ energy efficiency,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of sustainability and global regulatory affairs. “They remain at the core of our progress.”

GM’s Bowling Green Assembly saved more than $1 million in energy costs annually through its efforts. GM leads all companies worldwide in meeting the challenge. Total companywide savings in energy costs total $90M.

For over 30 years, Bowling Green Assembly has been committed to actions that restore and preserve the environment while building America’s favorite sports car – the Chevrolet Corvette. The Corvette plant continues to demonstrate its commitment to the environment through its recent change to energy efficient fluorescent lighting throughout the 1 million square foot plant.

This change has shown many important energy saving benefits:

•    Generating a total lighting energy savings of approximately 52%;
•    Recycling over 1200 used lamps and 35,000 pounds of scrap metal from the fixtures;
•    Saving 2,673 megawatt-hours of electricity;
•    Reducing the emission of carbon dioxide gases by 1,800 metric tons;
•    Reducing other harmful gases by an additional 8 metric tons.

“The men and women of Bowling Green Corvette Assembly take our environmental responsibility very seriously, as evidenced by these results,” said Plant Manager Dave Tatman. “Through a clear and consistent focus on reducing our environmental impact, our employees have responded in terrific ways.”

In March of 2011, GM received an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awardfor energy management. Between 2005 and 2010, it reduced energy use in its global facilities by 28 percent and has since set a new goalto reduce energy intensity globally 20 percent by 2020.

In addition to lighting changes, Bowling Green Assembly advanced its environmental awareness and responsibility by:

•    Recycling 98.3 tons of cardboard/paper; 4 tons of wood; and 506 tons of scrap metal.
•    Managing 72 tons of material to Waste-to-Energy facilities.
•    Working with over 350 students from local elementary and high schools, as well as the local university, to participate in stream water quality surveys.
•    Enhancing the Wildlife Habitat trails by utilizing wood chips from projects at various businesses instead of having them go to the landfill. The Bowling Green Assembly Wildlife Habitat received certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council in November 2012.

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