Following a voluntary energy reduction challenge put forth by the United States EPA – Environmental Protection Agency, GM facilities all over the world have taken steps to ensure efficient energy saving methods in their facilities. Joining the facilities who have implemented these regulations, the Talegaon facility in Maharashtra, India is the latest addition. It has been able to cut down its energy intensity by 12% within the last two years to meet EPA’s challenge for Industry Award.
Criterion for the EPA Challenge Industry Award is that facilities need to lower energy intensity by 10% within a period of five years. The Talegaon facility reached this target within two years and was able to prevent 4,419 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere.
Usage of energy efficient design, innovation energy saving technologies and optimization of process parameters has enabled the facility cut down its energy intensity drastically. GM’s efforts have not gone unrecognized as it has been awarded the Energy Star last year and is the proud recipient of the third prize for Energy Conservation at the National Energy Conservation Awards held in 2010. The Talegaon plant has also won awards in the Excellence in Energy Conservation and Management challenge during the year 2011.
GM India’s Talegaon Manufacturing Plant Recognized by U.S.Environmental Protection Agency for Energy Reduction Progress
Plant Achieves ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry Award
New Delhi – General Motors India’s Talegaon manufacturing plant is one of 54 GM facilities worldwide to meet a voluntary energy-reduction challenge set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), cutting its energy intensity by 12 percent in less than two years to meet the EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry Award.
To meet the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry Award, facilities need to reduce energy intensity by 10 percent within five years. Talegaon manufacturing plant reduction avoided 4,419 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
“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. He said, “the total amount of energy savings across all GM manufacturing plants is $90 million and most of the plants are located in the U.S. and Asian countries.”
Commenting on the Talegaon Plant achievement, Mr. Lowell Paddock, President & Managing Director, General Motors India said “to achieve the challenge for industry award, our manufacturing plant used various innovative energy-saving strategies like adoption of energy efficient designs & technologies, optimization of process parameters, usage of reliable process controls and lighting systems among other energy saving methods to reduce energy consumption. Through a diligent environmental process, we have instilled a sense of responsibility to the environment that goes beyond our location in India. GM India’s Talegaon plant aims to further reduce its environmental footprint by observing heating and cooling guidelines, efficient operation of heating equipment and through reducing or shutting down energy use during non-production period.
“GM received an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award last year for energy management. Between 2005 and 2010, it reduced energy use in its global facilities by 28 percent and has since set a new goal to reduce 20 per cent energy intensity globally by 2020. It may be recalled that General Motors India received the third prize for Energy Conservation at the National Energy Conservation Awards 2010 in the Automobile Manufacturing Sector. Also in 2011, GM India’s Talegaon manufacturing plant bagged two awards in State Level competition for Excellence in Energy Conservation and Management in the Automobile Manufacturing Sector.