Dane Parker Appointed First GM Chief Sustainability Officer

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – In the middle of January, General Motors announced it had appointed Dane Parker as its first-ever Chief Sustainability Officer.

    “Climate change is real. That is indisputable, and we take the challenges it presents seriously,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “The transportation sector must be part of any credible climate change solution and Dane’s leadership, experience and passion will help us meet these challenges head-on. Our vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion is ambitious and this appointment aligns our organization to accelerate achieving that vision.”

    Parker is GM’s vice president of sustainable workplaces. He joined GM in 2015 from Dell. This latest appointment expands his current role with the chief sustainability officer role. In this role, he will lead a company-wide sustainability strategy, including the integration of the company’s goal to reach a zero-emissions future. According to GM, Parker’s leadership has been one of the drivers behind GM’s ability to reduce its manufacturing carbon intensity by 20% three years ahead of its goal.

    GM has been awarded EPA the Energy Star Partner of the Year awards by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The most recent such instance was motivated for its “leadership in industrial energy management by continuously improving its energy program at its operations in the U.S. and around the world.” The highlight accomplishment of 2018 accomplishments, was a 19% reduction in manufacturing energy intensity and avoiding US$164 million in energy costs since 2010, equivalent to the profit from the sales of over 120,000 vehicles.

    Photo courtesy of GM

    Filipe Albuquerque
    Filipe Albuquerque
    Filipe is an economist with 8 years of experience in macroeconomic and financial analysis for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the UN World Institute for Development Economic Research, the Stockholm School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Filipe holds a MSc in European Political Economy from the LSE and a MSc in Economics from the University of London, where he currently is a PhD candidate.

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