Chevy's Carbon Reduction Projects

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Automotive giant Chevrolet is investing up to $40 million in carbon reduction projects across the country over the next few years. Thus far, the compa...

 

Automotive giant Chevrolet is investing up to $40 million in carbon reduction projects across the country over the next few years. Thus far, the company is at 23,000 metric tons of carbon reduction, but the ultimate goal is up to 8,000,000 metric tons, or the equivalent of the carbon dioxide emissions that will come from the vehicles it plans to sell through the next year.

All based in the US, the projects will focus on energy efficiency (weatherization and building retrofits), renewable energy and planting trees. In Maine, Chevy is working with the Maine State Housing Authority in a carbon reduction program that will include the weatherization of 5,500 low-income homes over the next 5 years. To spread awareness, the company also promises to plant a tree for every person who plants a “virtual tree” on its Facebook page.

“Reducing carbon dioxide emissions is one of mankind’s greatest responsibilities,” said Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist, futurist, and presenter of the Carbon Stories web video series. “Creative carbon stories – like turning harmful emissions into energy – are everywhere.”

Dr. Michio Kaku discusses Chevy's Carbon Stories

According to recent reports, Chevy will be working on a total of 16 similar projects across the country. Some of the contracts include replacing natural gas with renewable biomass in greenhouses, installing wind turbines for rural farmers, waste heat recovery at gas pipeline pumping stations and reforestation.

“We’ve chosen projects we believe will make a lasting difference in communities across the country. Progress is already underway, and we estimate it will take up to five years to achieve our initial goal. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but every project is a step in the right direction.” – Chevrolet

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