Dane Parker, previously vice president of sustainable workplaces, has been announced as General Motors’ chief sustainability officer. His expanded role includes leading company-wide sustainability strategy including integration of the company’s goal to reach zero emissions future. His position was effective Feb. 1.
Parker’s organization will ensure the responsible consumption and production of materials, lead GM’s efforts as a global advocate for climate-sensitive manufacturing and mobility operations, and lead the strategic design and implementation infrastructure for electric vehicles at GM facilities.
“Climate change is real. That is indisputable, and we take the challenges it presents seriously,” says Mary Barra, chairman and CEO of GM. “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’s other global responsibilities involve facility design, engineering, construction, and operations; energy procurement and efficiency; environmental compliance; real estate; and workplace strategy.
Under Parker’s leadership, GM has reduced its manufacturing carbon intensity by 20 percent three years ahead of its goal. It is also recognized by the EPA in energy efficiency and renewable energy utilization, including achieving seven consecutive EPA Energy Star Partner of the Year awards.
By 2023, GM plans to introduce 20 new all-electric models, including a battery electric truck. A joint venture with LG Chem has been announced to mass produce battery cells in the Lordstown area of Northeast Ohio. The company will collaborate with three of the nation’s electric vehicle charging networks to enable access to a collective electric vehicle charging network in the United States, having more than 31,000 charging ports.
“Focusing on EVs remains a key measure of our commitment, but it’s also important to recognize the role our facilities play in enabling our vision of zero emissions,” says Barra.
Parker joined GM in July 2015 as executive director of global facilities. Before GM, he was vice president of global real estate, facilities and environment, health and safety for Dell Inc. He also spent 13 years at Intel Corp. in the technology and manufacturing organization in a variety of operational roles.