As part of GE’s Ecomagination program we set goals to reduce our own Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. GE has set aggressive goals for reducing its greenhouse gases since 2005. These goals are broken down and measured year over year in a way that allows us to ensure that we continue to make progress.
In 2014, GE announced a new goal for GHG reductions through 2020. This new goal is a 20% absolute reduction from a 2011 baseline of operational GHG emissions, and was developed in concert with “The 3% Solution,” a science-based methodology from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and CDP. The 3% Solution helps companies like GE identify an emissions-reduction path that supports the scientific goal of avoiding the 2-degree Celsius “tipping point” and illustrates that corporations can profit while helping stabilize the climate.
We believe our path to meeting the 2020 goal will require focusing even more on energy efficiency upgrades, minimizing emissions of non-energy GHGs and switching to low-carbon energy sources. Additionally, changes in grid emission factors may affect our results. Through more efficient technology in power generation and grid equipment, GE is also contributing to the grid evolution.
Our Results So Far
In 2016, GHG emissions from GE operations were 3.83 million metric tons of CO2e, a reduction of 18% from our adjusted 2011 baseline1. Contributors to changes in our GHG emissions include better control of key gases, such as hydrofluorocarbons in GE Oil & Gas manufacturing and sulfur hexafluoride in energy infrastructure manufacturing; energy-efficiency projects; business changes; and changes in overall grid emission factors.
GE Solutions Powering Progress
A key focus in driving progress toward our goal is to leverage our own expert technology, which can increase our energy efficiency, shift us to renewable sources and generate operational savings. Leveraging the GE Store for solutions such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and digital solutions are key levers for our continued progress.
We know our work is not done. We continue to develop, implement and spread technologies to further reduce GE’s CO2 emissions and energy use profile.
¹ Learn more about our GHG inventory methodology.