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Ford
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  • In 2012, Ford improved global energy efficiency by 6.4% against a 2011 year baseline. The company also reduced its overall facilities-related CO2 emissions by approximately 47%, or 4.65 million metric tons, from 2000 to 2012. During this same period, it also reduced facilities-related CO2 emissions per vehicle by 37%.

  • In 2013, Ford introduced a new plan to reduce waste sent to landfill by 40% on a per-vehicle basis between 2011 and 2016, globally. The company has already reduced global per-vehicle waste to landfill by 40% from 2007 to 2011. In 2012, Ford facilities globally sent approximately 50.6 metric tons of waste to landfill, a reduction of 17.4% from 2011.

  • Ford is reducing energy and water use in its U.S. plants, introducing a new process in plants that allows the company to save more than 280,000 gallons of water per year on a single production line—or enough to fill 5,600 average-sized bathtubs.

  • 90% of Ford’s vehicles now offer EcoBoost® engines, which use turbocharging and direct injection to deliver up to 20% better fuel economy without sacrificing performance; 2 million EcoBoost® engines have been built.

Working Together

Ford is involved in numerous partnerships and alliances with universities, coalitions, NGOs and other entities to improve our collective understanding of climate change. For example, Ford is a charter member of the Sustainable Transportation Energy Pathways program at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. The Institute aims to compare the societal and technical benefits of alternative sustainable fuel pathways. It is also industry cochair of the U.S. DRIVE Cradle to Grave life cycle assessment of energy use, carbon dioxide (CO2), and greenhouse gas emissions. Ford’s participation in these and other partnerships helps formulate improved strategies for products and policies that will in turn help to address climate change and energy security. Ford is also engaging in partnerships with federal and state governments in the U.S. to deliver more fuel-efficient vehicles and alternative powertrain technologies. For example, working in close partnership with the state of Michigan, Ford received incentives and tax credits totaling $188 million to help in the continuous transformation of the Michigan Assembly Plant. These incentives enabled Ford to bring advanced lithium-ion battery system design, development, and assembly in-house, as well as build the next-generation hybrid in Michigan.

The Green Advantage

Sustainability is central to Ford’s business strategy and is one of the four pillars that form the bedrock of the company. Ford’s hybrid and all-electric vehicles, its manufacturing standards dedicated to cutting energy and water use, and the fuel efficiency of its EcoBoost® engine demonstrate that Ford is committed to delivering on its sustainability promise and is well positioned to meet the high standards outlined in its Blueprint for Sustainability. Proving that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand, Ford’s share of the electrified vehicle market more than doubled in 2013. In the U.S., the brand sold more than 85,000 hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric vehicles. Ford’s sustainability efforts also tie back to the company’s brand heritage, continuing founder Henry Ford’s commitment more than 130 years ago to human rights. It was the first automaker to recognize that protecting human rights in the global supply chain is a key sustainability issue. Ford’s sustainability efforts ring true to the brand, and reinforce its reputation as a company that cares. In tune with its Go Further tagline, Ford has made significant progress in recent years, and now its status as a green brand is finally catching up with its consistently strong performance. Particularly in the U.S., perception is soaring, elevating Ford to the number one spot in our ranking. This year, 2014, will mark the 100th anniversary of the $5-a-day wage, Henry Ford’s choice to share profits with workers in a way that effectively doubled their salaries.

Links

Ford Motor Company's Sustainability Chief Talks Innovation, Progress and a Vision for the Future
How Ford Integrates Sustainability into the Company
Ford Cuts Water Use Two Years Ahead of Schedule; 2013-2014 Sustainability Report Highlights Future Initiatives
Ford was recognized in 2014 as one of the world’s most ethical companies by the Ethisphere Institute
Ford reduces water and oil use in plants globally
Ford partnerships and collaboration