General Motors - Designing for a Zero Waste Industry
At General Motors (GM), our vision is to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. Under the “Zero Emissions” pillar, GM established multiple public sustainability goals, targeting a reduction in scope 1, 2, and 3 greenhouse gas emissions, with an overarching goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040. One of these publicly announced goals is the GM Zero Waste program, which aims to divert greater than 90% of total operational waste from landfills, incinerators, and energy recovery facilities by 2025. This presentation reviews the methodologies, tools, and datasets required to transition to a Zero Waste approach in manufacturing design and waste management.
With the creation of General Motor’s Zero Waste program, GM has committed to diverting greater than 90% of global operational waste from landfills and thermal processing facilities by 2025. Leading this initiative is Cory Tatarzyn, Global Zero Waste Program Manager. Cory holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental & Ecological Engineering from Purdue University. He was recently a Technical Speaker for the 2022 World Conference on Waste Management. One of his main focuses is on the integration of life cycle assessment (LCA) technologies within the automotive industry to design out waste from manufacturing processes. He is based out of Denver, Colorado and is an avid rock climber and cyclist.