Between the year 2000 and 2012, Ford Motor Company’s own analysis of its environmental progress revealed it cut CO2 emissions by 37 percent.
Looking at the decade and a half between 2010 and 2025, Ford says it expects to whittle back CO2 by an additional 30 percent.
These results followed the company’s 14th annual Sustainability Report that evaluates its corporate citizenship as a producer of cars and trucks, and as a manager of resources and thousands of employees in its global facilities and working environments.
The voluntary report also examined Ford’s ability to reduce water use and energy consumption, as well as progress in cutting the amount of waste-to-landfill at Ford facilities around the world.
Ford also didn’t miss the opportunity to plug its newest line of electrified cars: Fusion Hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid; Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids; and Focus Electric.
These were not around in the earlier years of the study’s time span examined, but are expected to contribute to gains made going forward. Ford says average vehicle tailpipe emissions on a per vehicle basis have dropped 16 percent since 2007.
To date, Ford says globally its facilities cut CO2 by 4.65 million metric tons, or 47 percent since 2000. As part of an Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers program, Ford says it also met its commitment to reduce U.S. facility emissions by 10 percent per vehicle produced between 2002 and 2012.
“In the more than 30 years I have been with the company, I have seen genuine transformation as Ford has integrated sustainability into its business plan, products, operations and relationships with stakeholders,” said Robert Brown, vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “Water and energy use, waste-to-landfill, Ford’s role in reducing the amount of greenhouse gases like CO2 in our atmosphere – these are just a few of the top sustainability-related priorities considered in every decision.”
Other key points or achievements Ford reported upon include:
• Trained 325 suppliers in sustainability management in 2012 as part of Ford’s Code of Human Rights, Basic Working Conditions and Corporate Responsibility; nearly 2,100 suppliers have been trained through the program
• Reduced waste-to-landfill by 19 percent per vehicle between 2011 and 2012, part of a plan to cut the amount of waste-to-landfill 40 percent per vehicle by 2016 (baseline is 2011)
• Reduced global water use by 1.95 million cubic meters from 2011 to 2012. Based on regional water cost estimates, this yielded more than $3 million in cost savings
• Cut global use of water per vehicle produced to 4.3 cubic meters (one cubic meter equals 264 gallons) in 2012 – down from 4.7 cubic meters in 2011 and 5.1 cubic meters in 2010. The company targets a 2 percent reduction in 2013 and continues working toward cutting water use 30 percent per vehicle by 2015 (2009 baseline)
• Reduced global water use by 62 percent between 2000 and 2012 – equal to about 10 billion gallons
• Established a five-year objective to improve operational energy use per vehicle globally by 25 percent by the end of 2016 (2011 baseline)
• Improved global energy efficiency by 6.4 percent against a 2011 year baseline normalized for weather and production levels