â€śFrom GMâ€™s perspective, we have a very serious business necessity to wean ourselves from a 98% reliance on petroleum as an energy source for our vehicles,â€ť said Dave Barthmuss, group manager, Western region, environment and energy communications at General Motors Corp.
Barthmuss described several initiatives that GM is now working on to develop alternative-energy vehicles, including the Chevy Equinox, a hydrogen fuel cell-electric car that is being evaluated through more than 100 test vehicles, and the Chevy Volt, an extended-range electric car that can go up to 640 miles without recharging.
Paul Ligon, senior director-business development and innovation for Waste Managementâ€™s Upstream division, which develops sustainability services, said green is a major driver for the companyâ€™s business.
â€śSustainability and the green movement is absolutely core and critical to our operating model and the way weâ€™re aligning our company going forward,â€ť Ligon said.
He pointed to several green initiatives Waste Management is spearheading, including a commitment to triple its recycling by 2020, rolling out an alternative-energy fleet of trucks and developing custom solutions for business customers and their supply chains.