Ford’s Environmental Quality Office ahead of target
by Helen Jackson |
posted 09 July 2018
In 2010, Ford’s Environmental Quality Office announced a goal – to reduce the company’s carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30 per cent per vehicle produced by 2025. But, Ford can announce that it has hit the target twice as fast as expected.
The results are dramatic, with a global manufacturing CO2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4 million metric tons from 2010 to 2017. This is equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 728,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
Bruce Hettle, Group Vice President, Manufacturing and Labour Affairs said:
“We are proud of the work we have done to achieve this goal. We’ve made several improvements to our manufacturing operations – from the lighting we use to plant consolidations – all of which played a role in dramatically reducing our CO2 footprint.”
Ford reduced its emissions footprint through energy conservation and efficiency changes at their manufacturing facilities. This included installing more than 100,000 LED light fixtures and updating paint operations.
Andy Hobbs, Director, Environmental Quality Office said:
“Painting operations use a large amount of energy. Introducing technology that allows wet-on-wet paint application and eliminates a drying oven, in more plants, has significantly decreased energy use while maintaining quality.”
Ford is now working on setting a new goal – this one focused on renewable energy. “Our next strategy,” says Hettle, “will focus on increasing Ford’s use of renewable energy while maintaining our energy efficiencies.”
Ford also remains focused on reducing vehicle emissions by doing its share to deliver on CO2 reductions consistent with the Paris Climate Accord. The company is charting its course for the future by investing $11 billion to put 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicle models on the road by 2022.
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