This week, after Ford announced plans to make its operations in Europe as green as possible, GM fights back by letting us behind the curtain of the Orion Assembly Plant and allowing us to see where a great deal of the energy used to produce the future Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano is coming from: a landfill.
Having an erected landfill gas burning facility nearby has allowed GM to slowly shift the energy consumption of the plant from the power grid to the burning station, which by this fall will provide up to 40 percent of the energy needed to keep the lines running. By doing so, GM will also save $1.1 million a year in energy costs.
“Environmentally friendly choices often translate to higher efficiency and quality,” said Maureen Midgley, GM executive director of Global Manufacturing Engineering. “Take our new paint shop – it was designed for optimal efficiency and delivers premium paint appearance for our vehicles.”
“With these improvements, we’ll reduce greenhouse gas production by about 80,000 metric tons at a full three-shift capacity,” Midgley said. “This is equivalent to the emissions from 14,000 vehicles per year, and the electricity reduction equals at the output from 3,500 homes.”