In a world, troubled with serious problems like global warming, a few are sure trying to do their bit. General Motors is one of them. Not just in sales growth, but the company also scores in conserving energy. General Motors India’s Telegaon plant in India has recently achieved the Energy Star Challenge for Industry ® Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The plant bagged the award for cutting its energy intensity by 12 percent in less than two years.
After receiving the third prize in Energy Conservation at the National Energy Conservation Awards 2010 in the Automobile Manufacturing Sector, GM India’s Talegaon plant received two awards in State Level competition for Excellence in Energy Conservation and Management in the Automobile Manufacturing Sector in 2011.
Presently General Motors has 54 manufacturing facilities worldwide and all of them has met the voluntary energy-reduction challenge set by EPA. In a five years time between 2005 and 2010, GM’s global plants reduced energy use by 28 percent and has since set a new goal to reduce 20 per cent energy intensity globally by 2020.
Talking about 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”.