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Ford hits CO2 manufacturing emissions reduction target of 30% per vehicle 8 years early

Ford Motor Company has met its goal to reduce manufacturing CO2 emissions eight years ahead of schedule. The goal, set in 2010, aimed to reduce the company’s global carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30% per vehicle produced by 2025.

As described in its 19th annual Sustainability Report, Ford hit the target twice as fast as expected. The results are significant, with a global manufacturing CO2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4 million metric tons from 2010 to 2017—equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 728,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

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.

—Bruce Hettle, group vice president, manufacturing and labor affairs

Ford 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. 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.

—Andy Hobbs, director, environmental quality office

Minimum Quantity Lubrication is another energy-reducing technology. In MQL, a machining tool is lubricated with a very small amount of oil sprayed directly on the tip of the tool in a finely atomized mist, instead of with a large quantity of coolant/water mixture.

Ford now is working on setting a new goal focused on increasing it use of renewable energy while maintaining its energy efficiencies.

Ford also remains focused on reducing vehicle emissions. The company is continuing on its course of $11 billion to put 40 hybrid and fully electric vehicle models on the road by 2022.

In addition to reaching the company’s goal of reducing manufacturing greenhouse gas emissions 32%, Ford makes around 300 parts from renewable materials, with eight sustainable materials featured in production vehicles: soy, wheat, rice, castor, kenaf (hibiscus), tree cellulose, jute and coconut.

By using less energy, less waste and moving away from the use of fossil fuels, the company has achieved a 228 million pound reduction in CO2 since the switch to soybean-based foam in 2011—the equivalent to the carbon capture by four million trees in one year.

Comments

HarveyD

A hand to FORD. They have done it without going bankrupt and/or without huge handouts like GM and Chrysler/Fiat got.

TM

Yes, but why do they all whine so much about improvements.
Bunch of cry babies.
But yes, I'm glad they are ahead of schedule and have shown that it is possible.

TM

Yes, this is about their manufacturing footprint and not the output of the cars they sell footprint.

Engineer-Poet

30% isn't much, given that we need 80% minimum.

I hope Ford has learned from the warranty claims against European manufacturers and avoided e.g. soy-derived polymers in wiring harnesses.  Apparently such substances are far more attractive to chewing rodents than the usual PVC, and cars are damaged and becoming unusable as a result.  In the interest of durability, wiring and jackets should be both distasteful to rodents and actively toxic.

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