General Motors races to carbon neutrality

General Motors races to carbon neutrality

The company announced plans to be carbon neutral by 2040 globally, eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035, and has committed to the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.⁵⁰C — while promoting the excitement with an Extreme E entry.
General Motors announced that it plans to become carbon neutral in its global products and operations by 2040 and has committed to setting science-based targets to achieve carbon neutrality. The company has also signed the Business Ambition Pledge for 1.⁵⁰C, an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business, and industry leaders.

“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.”

The company says it follows the carbon neutrality definition as achieved when anthropogenic CO2 emissions are balanced globally by anthropogenic CO2 removals over a specified period, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change‘s IPCC SR15.

The science-based targets provide a clearly defined pathway for companies to reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions, helping prevent the worst impacts of climate change and future-proof business growth. Targets are considered science-based if they are in line with what the latest climate science deems necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement — limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

The company worked with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to develop a shared vision of an all-electric future and an aspiration to
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