General Motors India’s Talegaon manufacturing plant has been recognized as one of the world’s most energy efficient plants. With this, the Talegaon manufacturing plant has become the 54th GM facility in the world to undertake and qualify for a voluntary energy-reduction challenge set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
To make a cut to the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry Award, a facility needs to reduce its energy intensity by 10 percent in five years. Talegaon manufacturing plant succeeded to avoid 4,419 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
Mike Robinson, GM Vice President of sustainability and global regulatory affairs commented, “Our employees are committed to helping increase our global operations’ energy efficiency. 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 was awarded an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award last year for energy management.