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GM Thailand Meets ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry

  • GM’s Rayong Truck Assembly Plant reduced its energy intensity by 20 percent, amounting to an avoidance of 7,983 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions
  • Rayong is among 14 GM plants around the world to achieve the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry
  • In total, GM has 70 facilities that have achieved the honor worldwide – more than any other organization

BANGKOK, THAILAND – General Motors’ Rayong Truck Assembly Plant – home of the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck and Trailblazer SUV – joins 13 other GM plants around the world that have achieved the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry. Rayong reduced energy intensity within its operations by 20 percent, amounting to an avoidance of 7,983 tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

To meet the challenge, industrial sites must reduce energy intensity by 10 percent in five years or less. Rayong has met the challenge two years in a row.

“Energy management is an important consideration at Rayong Plant and at GM facilities worldwide,” said Chaowarit Boonphongsri, manager, Energy and Site Utility, GM Rayong Plant. “Environmental responsibility – and its corresponding business benefits – continues to be an everyday driver within our facilities.”

Rayong implemented a number of energy-saving measures that contributed to the achievement, including:

  • Made compressed air system in Body Shop more efficient
  • Aligned start-up of Paint Shop equipment with actual production time
  • Installed automatic switch-off of General Assembly equipment when idle
  • Reduced compressed air pressure during weekends in Powerhouse
  • Controlled energy usage of significant equipment in Powerhouse
  • Conducting regular energy audits on the weekends
  • Installing LED lighting in the paint inspection areas
  • Installing skylights to maximize use of daylight.

These and other actions at GM facilities around the world have helped the company save $33 million in energy costs.

“Our employees are dedicated to our global customers and communities,” said Jim DeLuca, GM executive vice president of Global Manufacturing. “They not only contribute to our energy-saving activities every day, they proactively suggest innovative ideas that help to further reduce our impact on the environment.”
The 14 recognized facilities are listed below. An asterisk represents repeat recognition.

  • Rayong Truck Assembly Plant (Thailand)*
  • Bupyeong 1 Assembly Plant (South Korea)
  • Bupyeong Engine 2 Plant (South Korea)
  • Jinqiao Powertrain (China)*
  • Dongyue Foundry (China)
  • Qingdao Engine Plant (China)*
  • Qingdao Assembly Plant (China)
  • Norsom 2 Assembly Plant (China)*
  • Bowling Green Assembly Plant (Kentucky)*
  • Pontiac Stamping Plant (Michigan)*
  • Bay City Powertrain (Michigan)
  • Warren Transmission Operations (Michigan)
  • Silao Transmission Plant (Mexico)*
  • Gravatai Assembly Plant (Brazil)

In total, GM has 70 facilities that have achieved the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® voluntary Challenge for Industry – more than any other organization worldwide – reducing 220,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. This is comparable to the greenhouse gas benefit of 5 million tree seedlings grown for 10 years.

Rayong’s commitment to energy reduction and continuous improvement is shared by GM employees globally. GM has set a goal to reduce energy and carbon intensity from its facilities by 20 percent by 2020, and is close to this meeting this commitment. The company has also received back-to-back ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence awards.

For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.