10 tips for better energy management

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  • 10 Tips for Better Energy Management

    When it comes to efficiently operating GM facilities, our team possesses a

    competitive spirit that pushes us to get the most out of our facilities by using the

    least amount of energy.

    We dont keep our energy reduction methods a secret. Its beneficial for all

    companies to share best practices to achieve common goals. In our work laying

    out a blueprint for reducing waste, we've learned some lessons on how a company

    can cut its energy use. Here they are:

    1. Engage Objective Experts: The best judges are those with no immediate

    stake in the results. In 2012, we contracted an independent third party to

  • validate our global energy, water, greenhouse gas, production usage and

    environmental data for all of our manufacturing and major non-manufacturing


    1. Set Goals: Goals are an integral part of running a successful business. We

    set energy and environmental goals and then integrate them into our

    manufacturing business plans. Each of our facilities develops their own

    energy efficiency plan to meet their objectives.

    1. Benchmark: Using external benchmarking resources from EPA ENERGY

    STAR, we identify plants that are within the top 25th percentile of

    automobile companies so that opportunities can be prioritized and best

    practices identified and shared globally.

    1. Invest in Energy Efficiency: GM allocates monies for high-return efficiency

    projects. We collect proposed projects from facilities and prioritize them

    based on return on investment and probability of successful implementation.

    This year, we spent $20 million on energy efficiency in the U.S., and as a

    result reduced manufacturing energy intensity by eight percent from the

    previous year.

    1. Monitor Constantly: Across all of our U.S facilities, we monitor about 2.5

    million points of energy data per minute. Thats a lot of data, and to

    adequately manage it we, in conjunction with Science Applications

    International Corporation, Inc. operate a dashboard system called Energy

    OnStar. Assisted by the third party, plants compare hourly performance of

    heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment and their energy use to

    identify opportunities on a real-time basis. As a result of seeing this feedback,

    we implemented more than $3 million worth of energy savings at our U.S.

    facilities this year via Energy OnStar.

    1. Measure Performance: We keep employees informed of our energy, water

    and CO2 intensity performance on scorecards, helping us determine how

    were tracking against monthly and annual goals. Any performance with less

    than a green status requires a countermeasure to be developed to correct

    it, which is also tracked with additional emphasis to ensure achievement.

  • 1. Involve and Reward Employees: We use a formal employee suggestion

    system. Not a slip of paper dropped in a suggestion box, but a process where

    U.S. employees active involvement pays off literally. Employees who

    suggest an improvement to an existing process can receive a portion of the

    implemented savings up to $20,000. Weve implemented many employee

    ideas in the last year, yielding hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy,

    water and carbon reduction savings.

    1. Share Best Practices throughout Organization: Reducing energy

    consumption is a global team effort and requires collaboration from all levels.

    We use a global web-based system where plants and offices around the globe

    can input energy, water and carbon-reduction best practices for all GM team

    members to learn from and improve upon.

    1. Be Transparent: We calculate greenhouse gases through a web-based

    global system that shows energy effect on carbon emissions and water

    intensity. This information is reported publicly to the Carbon Disclosure

    Project (CDP) and in our annual Sustainability Report.

    1. Communicate: GM communicates progress, shares results, discusses the

    implementation of ideas and tells stories of its global energy and water

    efficiency gains through a variety of channels like our internal e-newsletters,

    employee intranet and our environmental blog. A project isnt complete

    unless its talked about, since that often inspires and sparks other ideas.


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