Ford Improves Energy Efficiency in NA by 4.5%

by | Jun 16, 2009

fordwwenergyuseFord Motor Company is on track to reach its 30 percent reduction in CO2 emissions for its new vehicles by 2020, compared to a 2006 model year baseline, according to its 10th annual Ford Sustainability Report. Ford also improved its energy efficiency in North American by 4.5 percent, cut its global water use by 24 percent and reduced global landfill waste by 22 percent.

The 2008/2009 report, “Blueprint for Sustainability: Our Future Works,” updates the company’s progress in key areas of climate change, fuel economy, mobility, vehicle safety and human rights.

Sustainable product highlights include:

  • Accelerated development of battery electric vehicles (BEV) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), which will be introduced between 2010 and 2012
  • Introduced the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic model with the lowest CO2 emissions of any family car sold in Europe at 98g/km
  • Launched two new hybrids in North America: the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient midsize sedans in North America at 41 miles per gallon in city driving
  • Introduced the EcoBoost engine technology, which uses direct injection and turbo charging to deliver up to 20 percent better fuel economy, and up to15 percent fewer CO2 emissions

Ford’s product strategy for lower emission and fuel-efficiency vehicles is complemented by actions to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in its operations. Key highlights include:

  • Improved the energy efficiency of its North American facilities by 35 percent, reduced global CO2 emissions by 45 percent overall (or 4.3 million metric tons) and cut CO2 emissions by 24 percent per vehicle from 2000 to 2008
  • In 2008, improved the energy efficiency in its North American operations by 4.5 percent, resulting in savings of approximately $16 million
  • Earned the 2008 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award
  • In 2008, first automaker to join The Climate Registry (TCR), a voluntary carbon disclosure project that links several state-sponsored GHG emissions-reporting efforts
  • Reduced its global energy consumption by 33.7 percent and reduced energy consumption per vehicle by 10.4 percent since 2000

Ford has also set future emission goals to reduce its North American facility GHG emissions by 6 percent between 2000 and 2010 as part of its Chicago Climate Exchange commitment, and to cut U.S. facility emissions by 10 percent per vehicle produced between 2002 and 2012, as part of an Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers program.

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