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Climate Commitments: How GE Is Rising To The Challenges of Energy Transition

Sam Worley
October 15, 2020

GE announced today that it is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations by 2030. The company is in a unique position to realize that objective, writes GE Chairman and CEO Larry Culp in a LinkedIn post, by virtue of “our history of innovation, our global footprint and the industries we are in.”

Covering more than 1,000 facilities worldwide, the majority of its progress toward the 2030 goal will lead through absolute reductions of direct emissions and energy use via new operational investment, waste elimination and smart power sourcing. “These investments and improvements are good for the bottom line and for the world,” Culp writes, “and employees across GE are energized and proud to help with this type of problem-solving.”

GE has already made significant strides, exceeding a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal it had set for 2020. The company will continue to meet the challenge, Culp writes, through its embrace of innovative industrial operation, including lean management principles.

GE is also continuing to invest in technology and products that will help customers meet their decarbonization goals. GE Renewable Energy makes the Haliade-X, for instance — the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine in operation — and GE Aviation just received certification on its GE9X, the most fuel-efficient jet engine the company has ever built. Culp writes, “As the global effort to decarbonize continues to reshape how energy is produced and consumed in the decades ahead, GE will be at the center of the energy transition in the industries we serve.”
Read Culp’s full explanation of GE’s role in helping solve the global energy transition here.

Infographic on GE sustainability goals


Top image credit: GE Renewable Energy. Graphic: David Lada for GE Reports.