Aiming to zero tailpipe emissions by 2035 for light-duty fleet
Will source more renewable energy for its entire chain
GM’s latest announcement is a big one. It’s one thing to say they plan to be carbon neutral by 2040, but it’s a much bigger deal to say that they’re aiming to be tailpipe emissions free just 14 years from now.
“General Motors is joining governments and companies around the globe working to establish a safer, greener and better world,” said Mary Barra, GM Chairman and CEO. “We encourage others to follow suit and make a significant impact on our industry and on the economy as a whole.”
It’s hard to have a larger impact than by eliminating tailpipe emissions from all of its light-duty vehicles by 2035, as today’s announcement targets. The automaker sold nearly 8 million vehicles globally in 2019, with every year between 2011 and 2017 are more than 9 million, most of those being in the light-duty segment.
GM plans to do this with a combination of efforts including more electrification – 30 all-electric models globally by mid-decade and 40 percent of US models BEV by end of 2025 – but doesn’t mention its ongoing hydrogen fuel cell efforts as part of the announcement.
GM says more than half of capital and product development spending will go to EVs and electric-autonomous programs, but the automaker will still work to improve ICE fuel economy during the changeover. It has also joined the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.5C, a global coalition of business and industry leaders as well as UN organisations to combat climate change.
For its plants, GM says it should have 100 percent renewable energy for US sites by 2030, and globally by 2035, five years quicker than previous announced. GM says it is currently the 10th largest offtaker of renewable energy in the world.
To charge the new electric models, GM says it is working to support increased renewable energy projects as well as an expanded network of renewable-powered charging stations.