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Environmental Sustainability

General Motors of Canada is committed to protecting and preserving the environment.

General Motors of Canada continues to be dedicated to taking the right initiatives to protect human health, our natural resources, and local and global environments.

GM strives to design, build, and sell the worlds' best vehicles.

GM and Our Environment

Improved global environmental quality is a goal shared by Canadians and all of us at GM Canada. As Canada’s largest automotive manufacturer and a concerned member of our local communities, we are continually striving to reduce the environmental impact of our vehicles and manufacturing operations.

Environmental Policy

As a responsible corporate citizen, General Motors of Canada Company is dedicated to protecting human health, natural resources and the local and global environment, in accordance with the Environmental Principles of General Motors Company. This dedication reaches further than compliance with the law to encompass the integration of sound environmental practices into our business decisions. This policy is based on the integration of sound environmental practices into our business decisions. This policy is based on the integration of risk-based, cost effective management practices into site activities with the aim of continually improving environmental performance and conditions, and promoting sustainable development.

GM Canada is committed to assess the environmental impacts of its activities, products or services as basis for its environmental management programs and to reduce wherever practicable these impacts through the establishment of appropriate objectives and targets.

In particular, GM Canada will strive to achieve the following objectives through continued execution of our Environmental Management System:

  1. Comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, and other requirements.
  2. Assign management responsibility for the environment in all areas of our facilities and ensure that all employees are aware of their individual responsibilities for acting in accordance with this policy, while providing effective information and training to encourage individuals to contribute effectively.
  3. Practice and promote effective prevention of pollution in accordance with a hierarchy giving top priority to waste prevention at the source, elimination or reduction of wasteful practices, and recycling.
  4. Maintain communications with our local community, legislators, regulators and other organizations with an interest in our environmental performance.

In accordance with our Environment Management System requirements, GM Canada will regularly review environmental performance and our facilities’ objectives and targets to assess progress toward continual improvement. This policy statement will be periodically reviewed to ensure its continuing suitability, be available to the public and communicated to all persons working for, or on behalf of, GM Canada.

GM Sustainability

Our strategy is outlined in the GM Sustainability Report.

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History of Environmental Action

Our Commitment in Canada

GM Canada made a commitment in 2000 to establish environmental management systems conforming to the elements of the International Standards ISO 14001 at its manufacturing facilities. All GM Canada vehicle assembly and powertrain operations have since successfully established and maintained ISO 14001 environmental management systems that are certified by a third-party registrar.

GM Canada and its Ontario facilities were members of the Ontario’s Environmental Leaders program established by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (from 2007 until its conclusion in 2011). GM Canada was recognized for its effort to improve environmental quality through its achievement in ISO 14001 certification and voluntarily reducing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions by 50% per vehicle at our Oshawa Assembly Plant. This was achieved by investing in a state-of-the-art paint shop. As a member of the program, GM Canada further committed to reduce VOC emissions and energy consumption, and improve waste diversion from its operations. GM Canada was the only automaker in Canada to be accepted as a member of the Ontario’s Environmental Leaders.

In May 2014, GM published its annual global Sustainability Report, which detailed the wide-ranging actions GM is taking to improve the impact of our vehicles and our operations. The report highlights progress towards our 2020 manufacturing commitments on environmental stewardship at our facilities around the world. This progress, based on 2010 baselines includes:

  • 122 Landfill-free manufacturing and non-manufacturing facilities worldwide, including CAMI Vehicle Assembly and the St. Catharines Powertrain
  • Expansion of renewable energy use to 66.2 megawatts towards a goal of 125 megawatts
  • Reduction of water intensity by 9 percent, with a goal of 15 percent
  • Reduction of energy intensity by 10 percent, with a goal of 20 percent
  • Reduction of carbon intensity by 7 percent, with a goal of 20 percent

Click here to view GM's Sustainability Report.