General Motors

Monitoring Member

General Motors’ vision is to be leaders in transportation products and services to their customers, committed to continuous, global environmental quality, and to reduce the impacts their vehicles and manufacturing operations have on the environment. At St. Catharines Powertrain Plant, they are focused on sustainable initiatives at their facilities and in their community, to protect human health, natural resources, and local environments.

The Plant has received multiple awards, including the 2011 Niagara Region Green Business Award for its commitment to promote natural wildlife habitat on site. In 2013, the facility was the recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award through the Niagara Chamber of Commerce in recognition of environmental achievements that demonstrate a commitment to the environment. In the spring of 2014, the site applied for Wildlife at Work Certification through the Wildlife Habitat Council after a number of enhancement projects were completed in partnership with Niagara College’s Ecosystem Restoration Post-Graduate Program. The St. Catharines Powertrain Plant continues to contribute to environmental protection through operational improvements and continued wildlife conservation efforts.

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Recent Sustainable Projects

Canal Water Chiller Project (2015)

GM now uses gravity fed canal-water to cool chillers, which eliminated the need for cooling towers and condenser pumps. The resulting benefits are as follows: 

  • Reduced emissions by 800 tCO2e per year
  • $2,000,000 in savings
  • Also saved on energy, water, and other costs

Lighting Retrofits (2015-2018)

GM replaced over 300 high-intensity discharge (HID) plant lights were replaced with LED fixtures, resulting in:

  • 2,780,295 kWh saved 
  • $422,000 in savings annually
  • 2 year payback

Landfill Free Operation (2015)

Through reduced consumption, generation of waste, and increasing recycling rates, the GM power-train plant was able to go waste free and send zero waste to landfill.

Wildlife Habitat Programs (2015)

GM is involved with a number of wildlife habitat restoration and conservation projects, and also run public environmental education programs.