Car Manufacturer Plans Point To a Greener Future

In a 2017 survey by the EPA, Industry and Transportation accounted for 51% of greenhouse gas emissions. Details on the plans by some Automakers to curtail this suggest a greener future for us all.

Smog-forming emissions trend

What are some automakers doing towards renewable energy?

Toyota announced plans to reduce emissions from its U.S. operations by 40 percent over the next three years as part of its plan to operate emissions-free by 2050.

General Motors has announced plans to use 100 percent renewable electricity in its operations by 2050, and has a program to require its suppliers to do the same.

Volkswagen has its own plans to move to renewable energy and now also requires its suppliers to cut carbon emissions.

Reducing factory emissions

As automakers focus on emissions from their cars, more and more they’re also looking into the emissions from their factories and other operations to help reduce the life-cycle emissions from their cars. Running factories on renewable energy can help off-set some of the additional energy required to build large batteries for electric cars.

Green Car Reports

Like these car manufacturers, Ecogate helps your company reduce its overall emissions by significantly reducing the amount of electricity you use on your shop floor.

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Ecogate’s Environmental Impact

Did you know?

Global carbon dioxide emissions are over 30 gigatonnes annually.

Carbon dioxide accounts for over 80% of overall emissions.

Ecogate systems save our clients and the environment more than 64 million kWh per year.  That’s enough to power all the data centers in the US for 7 hours and is equivalent to over 450,000 metric tons of CO2

Since Ecogate’s inception in 1997, we have helped our clients save more than 292 million kWh or 2.1 million metric tons of CO2, These savings alone are enough to power the Mall of America for 1.6 years.

For comparison, Tesla Motors as the largest manufacturer of electric automobiles in the world have saved over 3.5 million metric tons of CO2 since their inception in 2003.

Ecogate and Tesla combined have saved over 5.6 million metric tons of CO2

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Highlights from the 2018 Energy Efficiency Report

A global effort to deploy the right energy efficiency policies could, on its own, see greenhouse gas emissions peak quickly and then fall even as the global economy doubles between now and 2040.

Energy demand, energy intensity, and GDP
Energy demand, energy intensity, and GDP. Image courtesy of OECD/IEA.

That is one of the conclusions of Energy Efficiency 2018, a report from the International Energy Agency.

The report examines the opportunities for improving global energy efficiency to 2040, and finds that efficiency gains alone could allow the world to extract twice as much economic value from the energy it uses compared to today. Doing so would reduce energy bills for consumers by more than $500 billion dollars per year, lower energy imports and cut air pollution in cities – a key issue for many countries.

Per the report, industry could produce nearly twice as much value per unit of energy by 2040 through efficiency improvements. However, to realize these opportunities, average annual energy efficiency investment would need to double to 2025 and then double again to 2040. Per the report, all the needed investment opportunities are highly cost-effective and would bring significant economic benefits.

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