Sustainability 2011/12

Climate Change and the Environment

Greening Our Products

As a customer- and product-driven company, our vehicles are the foundation of our business. Our products are also a major focal point of our environmental impacts and our efforts to reduce those impacts. In this section we report on the current environmental performance of our products and our efforts to “green” our products, or improve their environmental impacts.

Specifically, we address:

  • Our Sustainable Technologies and Alternative Fuels plan, which lays out our plans to improve the fuel efficiency of our products and advance the use of alternative fuels including electricity and bio-fuels.
  • Non-carbon-dioxide tailpipe emissions, including hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and particulate matter that can contribute to smog formation and other air-pollution issues.
  • Sustainable materials, including efforts to increase our use of recycled and renewable materials, improve vehicle interior air quality and eliminate substances of concern.
  • Our approach to electrified vehicles, which include hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric and all-electric vehicles.

The fuel efficiency of our products, as well as our product-related greenhouse gas emissions, are reported in the Climate Change section of this report.