DETROIT — Normal Motors has appointed its first chief sustainability officer, Dane Parker, to chart the automaker’s path towards a zero-emissions future.
Parker, whose present title is vp of sustainable workplaces, expands his function to chief sustainability officer Feb. 1, GM mentioned in a statement Thursday.
With Parker, 51, on the helm of GM’s sustainability efforts, GM slashed its manufacturing carbon depth by 20 % three years forward of its aim. GM additionally turned an EPA-recognized chief in power effectivity and renewable power utilization. The automaker received seven consecutive EPA Vitality Star Accomplice of the 12 months awards, the assertion mentioned.
“Local weather change is actual. That’s indeniable, and we take the challenges it presents severely,” GM CEO Mary Barra mentioned within the assertion. “The transportation sector have to be a part of any credible local weather change answer ,and Dane’s management, expertise and keenness will assist us meet these challenges head-on. Our imaginative and prescient of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and nil congestion is formidable and this appointment aligns our group to speed up reaching that imaginative and prescient.”
GM plans to deliver 20 electrical autos to market by 2023. Final yr, GM mentioned it will spend $three billion to construct electrical vans and battery modules at its Detroit-Hamtramck Meeting plant and introduced a three way partnership with Korean battery maker LG Chem to mass-produce batteries at a $2.three billion battery-cell plant in northeast Ohio.
Parker’s staff will be sure that supplies are produced responsibly, lead GM as a worldwide advocate for climate-sensitive manufacturing and mobility operations and direct the design and implementation infrastructure for EVs, the assertion mentioned.
“Our transition to electrical autos is vital, and we should proceed to attenuate our personal operational footprint and lead modifications towards a round financial system — the place waste is eradicated and supplies are reused and recycled,” Parker mentioned in a LinkedIn Q&A with Barra. “Given our scale, something we do on this space has a significant impression. The unique ‘cut back, reuse, recycle’ rules nonetheless apply to the trade and to us as people.”
Parker additionally will oversee international facility design, engineering, building and operations, power procurement and effectivity, environmental compliance, actual property and office technique.
Parker joined GM in 2015 as government director of world amenities. Earlier than that, he labored for Dell Inc. and Intel Corp.