General Motors outlined its sustainability goals, which includes goals for 2020, 2030, and 2040.
The company noted that it currently enables 100% of the reuse or recycling of its EV batteries. By 2030 the company aims to power its U.S. facilities entirely with renewable energy. And, by 2040, GM wants to source its global electricity from renewables.
The company also committed to increasing the percentage of sustainable materials in its vehicles. By 2030 the company expects at least 50% of the materials in its vehicles to be sustainable, and it will work with its suppliers to accomplish this.
To help accomplish its sustainability goals, GM has established a Sustainability Office with Dane Parker, chief sustainability officer, leading it.
These sustainability goals are in addition to a National Zero Emission Vehicle (NZEV) program that GM also proposed.
The program, according to GM, would require buy-in from all 50 states in the U.S. and would expand battery and electric vehicle research, development, and production. One of the initiatives to accomplish this would be infrastructure investments to accelerate accessible and convenient electric charging.
Another initiative would be renewing and enhancing federal incentives for U.S. consumers to buy electric vehicles in order to make electric vehicles more affordable. GM also proposed regulatory incentives to support U.S. battery suppliers, which would help promote domestic job growth with advanced battery development and production.
GM estimates that the program it laid out has the potential to place more than 7 million long-range EVs on the road by 2030. With the addition of these EVs, the program could also yield a cumulative incremental reduction of 375 million tons of CO2 emissions between 2021 and 2030 over the current U.S. zero emissions framework.