GM to retire 50 million metric tons of greenhouse gas credits

GM to retire 50 million metric tons of greenhouse gas credits

July 9, 2024
Tests showed that the vehicles were emitting more than 10% higher CO2 levels than GM’s initial GHG compliance reports claimed.

General Motors (GM) has agreed to retire nearly 50 million metric tons of greenhouse gas credits. This decision comes after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) utilized its light-duty vehicle in-use testing program and discovered that about 5.9 million GM vehicles that are currently in use are emitting excess CO2 emissions. The vehicles in question have a 2012-2018 model year and include approximately 4.6 million full-size pickups and SUVs and 1.3 million midsize SUVs. According to the agency, tests conducted by both the EPA and GM showed that the vehicles were emitting more than 10% higher CO2 levels than GM’s initial GHG compliance reports claimed.

What people are saying

In a recent quote, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said, “EPA’s vehicle standards depend on strong oversight in order to deliver public health benefits in the real world. Our investigation has achieved accountability and upholds an important program that’s reducing air pollution and protecting communities across the country.”

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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