Ford Motor Company is Committed to Energy Sustainability
Energy sustainability has become a hot topic in recent years as global energy usage has increased, concern about the environment grows, and the ability to survive long-term off of carbon based energy sources is increasingly being called into question. Fortunately, Ford Motor Company is committed to energy sustainability.
Every year, Ford releases an annual Sustainability Report, which is a voluntary and comprehensive annual account highlighting all things sustainable, from people to products. Ford has had great success in cutting energy use in its vehicle manufacturing process. While global energy is being projected to soar to 53 percent between 2008 and 2035, Ford has targeted a 25 percent reduction in energy usage between 2011 and 2016.
Ford issued its first Sustainability Report in 1999 to address the company’s initiatives regarding social, economic and environmental issues. Like Ford’s sustainability-related processes and results, the report has evolved, too. Other successful initiatives featured in reports include reductions in CO2 emissions, waste-to-landfill, and water use, as well as improvements in safety and vehicle fuel economy.
Ford’s success with energy sustainability has been achieved by investing in energy-saving practices and equipment. At the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, for example, the company uses a new “three-wet” paint application that reduces electricity use along with CO2 and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. At the same plant, a new 500-kilowatt solar panel system has been installed to generate renewable energy for production of Ford vehicles like Focus and Focus Electric.
In addition to reducing energy usage, Ford is also committed to using sustainable materials in our vehicles. For example, a seat fabric containing a fiber made from recycled plastic water bottles is being used in the Focus Electric, Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi. Other highlights include the use of post-consumer recycled nylon in some underhood parts, recycled carpet in cylinder head covers, and seat foam made with soy oil in all our North American vehicles.
If you are environmentally conscious when it comes to your purchases, you can rest assured knowing that Ford is a leader in the automobile industry for energy sustainability. If you are interested in learning more about our work in energy sustainability, or are interested in test driving one of our environmentally friendly vehicles, please be sure to contact us here at Matt Ford.
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