General Motors ramps up its environmental responsibility
GM is the only automotive company on the North American index; t...
General Motors has ranked on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the second year.
GM is the only automotive company on the North American index; the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is the world’s most respected benchmark for corporate responsibility, and GM’s score has risen by an impressive five points this year thanks to higher rankings in 14 of 22 categories.
It boasts perfect scores in climate strategy and brand management, and high scores in materiality and human rights. Last year the company joined the UN Global Compact, which pledges to support and promote the compact’s 10 principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption.
General Motors’ Chairman and CEO, Mary Barra, has a vision of a decarbonised motor industry, and has committed – along with 13 other automotive CEOs – to safe and affordable transportation for all.
As well as all of this, GM has launched its Do Your Part recycling initiative which collects water bottles from six GM facilities and Michigan residents to create new materials that will benefit people and the environment.
Craig Glidden, GM Executive Vice President of Public Policy and General Counsel, said: “The DJSI ranking demonstrates that GM is doing business with a greater sense of purpose. This practice benefits our customers and employees, and helps us better serve the communities where we work around the world.”
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Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing
Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing
What is Ultium Cells LLC?
Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”
Who is Li-Cycle?
Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.
As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”
Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?
By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.
“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).
"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.
"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.
Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.
"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.