GM Cites 24 Percent Emissions Reduction in North America

North American plans reduce emissions by 24% and non-recycled waste by 28%.

Published: 19-Dec-2000

DETROIT – General Motors Corp. reduced emissions from its North American manufacturing plants by 24 percent over the past two years, the company announced in its 1999-2000 report on economic, environmental, and social progress

The comprehensive online report, "Steps Toward Sustainability: General Motors 1999/2000 Report on Economic, Environmental and Social Performance," details GM’s investments in the environment, communities, institutions, partnerships and employees

The published report is consistent with GM’s 1994 commitment to the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES). GM was the first Fortune 50 company to endorse the CERES Principles, which reflect a company’s commitment to environmental awareness and accountability

GM followed the highly respected Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines with this year's report. The guidelines are the result of collaboration among CERES, the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and several other organizations that are united to develop a common framework for sustainability reporting.

"We’re pleased to document for the public how we work to carry out economic, environmental and social activities without compromising our future," GM Vice Chairman Harry Pearce said. "We are committed to demonstrating that economic growth, concern for the environment, and our impact on society can go hand-in-hand in the business world."

The report can be found at For the first time, the full report is available only online, a move that saved more than 3.75 tons of paper and more than 160 pounds of ink. A small number of a 12-page executive summary was printed on recycled paper, using soy inks and direct-to-plate printing technology that eliminates environmentally harmful by-products

"It’s significant that we’re presenting this information online," Pearce said. "Doing so provides instant, complete access to information about our performance around the world, while reducing GM’s use of paper and related natural resources."

This is the seventh consecutive year GM has publicly reported its environmental, health and safety, and philanthropic activities. It integrates separate reports that GM used to publish on those subjects.

Environmental highlights from the report include:

"More than merely highlighting GM’s successes, the report also talks openly about areas in which we have challenges and where we need to do better," Pearce explained. "GM is making progress in the area of sustainable business development, but we can and will do more."

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