General Motors Signs ‘Climate Declaration’

General Motors Signs ‘Climate Declaration’

General Motors announced today that it was the first automaker to sign a climate declaration acknowledging that responding to climate change is “good business.”

“We want to be a change agent in the auto industry,” said Mike Robinson, GM vice president of Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs.

By signing onto the declaration, GM is calling for policymakers to promote clean energy, boost efficiency and limit carbon emissions, according to a statement by General Motors.

A total of 40 major U.S. companies are signing on to the campaign, which is organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres as a part of its “Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy” (BICEP) initiative.

“As our world faces issues like congestion and climate change, we are at the forefront in transforming the way we move, from building more efficient vehicles to partnering with car-sharing startup Relay Rides,” he said.

GM has a 20-year history with Ceres. BICEP aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below levels in 1990 by 2020.