(USA)

General Motors (GM) plans to generate electricity at its operations worldwide from 100% renewable sources by 2050.

The automotive giant has also joined RE100 – an international network of leading companies committed to 100% renewable electricity and the promotion of clean energy.

“Establishing a 100% renewable energy goal helps us better serve society by reducing environmental impact,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs.”

Amy Davidsen, North America executive director at The Climate Group added: “This bold and ambitious commitment from General Motors will undoubtedly catch the attention of the global automotive industry. GM has already saved millions of dollars by using renewable energy, and like any smart business that recognises an investment opportunity, they want to seize it fully. We hope that through this leadership, other heavy manufacturing companies will be inspired to make the switch too.”