General Motors Improves Energy Efficiency Gain With Its Chinese Suppliers

Two year project generates costs savings and sustainability performance.

The General Motors Corp., Shanghai General Motors and the World Environment Center (WEC) last week reported results of energy efficiency and environmental and water conservation improvements from a demonstration project involving eight suppliers to the company's joint manufacturing venture in China. GM and its suppliers worked through a WEC project to improve their competitiveness and sustainability performance, while generating cost savings.

The partnership with GM, a WEC member company, began in October 2005. Results reported to date by supplier companies document reductions in greenhouse gases, water use and net cost savings from improved environmental management processes and performance

"GM's participation in this project allows us to expand our corporate environmental initiatives through WEC's direct, on-the-ground approach to capacity building. This is enabling us to further integrate sustainable development directly into our business process and across our supply chain," stated Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group.

The GM China project follows previous WEC projects with other member companies in Brazil, Mexico and Romania. "The results of the GM-WEC partnership clearly demonstrate the ability to achieve specific, measurable results that improve competitiveness across the supply chain through the application of sustainable development practices," noted Terry F. Yosie, WEC's CEO.


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