Ford hits CO2 emissions reduction target 8 years early - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  June 28, 2018

Ford hits CO2 emissions reduction target 8 years early

Ford Motor Company announced that it has that it has achieved the company’s manufacturing emissions reduction goal eight years ahead of schedule. The goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 30% per vehicle by 2025 was set in 2010.

In a company statement Bruce Hettle, group vice president, manufacturing and labor 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.”" 

In hitting their emissions reduction goal twice as fast as expected, the company achieved a global manufacturing CO2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4 metric tons from 2010 to 2017, equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 728,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year. The company says it reduced its emissions footprint through energy conservation and efficiency changes at Ford’s manufacturing facilities, such as installing more than 100,000 LED light fixtures and updating paint operations.

"Painting operations use a large amount of energy,” said Andy Hobbs, director, environmental quality office. “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 now is working on setting a new goal for renewable energy. "We will continue to set ambitious goals and work to create innovative practices to achieve them," said Hettle. "Our next strategy will focus on increasing Ford’s use of renewable energy while maintaining our energy efficiencies."

The statement reported that Ford also remains focused on reducing vehicle emissions by delivering on CO2 reductions consistent with the Paris Climate Accord. The company plans to invest $11 billion to put 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicle models on the road by 2022.

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