Ford has used efficiency gains related to water use, waste and painting processes to cut its factory emissions per produced vehicle by 37 percent between 2000 and 2012.

The US automaker, in its 14th annual Sustainability Report, adds that more changes are in store that will allow an additional 30-percent drop in CO2 emissions per vehicle between 2010 and 2025. Furthermore, Ford's tailpipe emissions, per vehicle, are down 16 percent since 2007. The company has sold more than 600,000 vehicles with its gas-saving EcoBoost engines, and it's pretty proud of its regenerative brakes, too. Additionally, through May, Ford increased green car sales fivefold from a year earlier on more sales for models like the Fusion Hybrid and the more-recent introduction of plug-in models like the C-Max and Fusion Energi vehicles. Check out Ford's press release below.
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Ford Cuts CO2 Emissions 37 Percent Per Vehicle; New Report Highlights Another 30 Percent Reduction by 2025

Ford releases 14th annual Sustainability Report highlighting all things sustainable, including a 37 percent per vehicle drop in CO2 emission levels at global facilities between 2000 and 2012; a 30 percent reduction is planned between 2010 and 2025

Ford's sustainability efforts strengthened by strong product line, including giving customers six electrified vehicle choices: Fusion Hybrid, C-MAX Hybrid and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid; Fusion Energi and C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrids; and Focus Electric

Other report highlights include continued progress in social issues such as training 325 suppliers in sustainability management in 2012 as part of Ford's Code of Human Rights, Basic Working Conditions and Corporate Responsibility

DEARBORN, Mich., June 14, 2013 – Ford Motor Company cut CO2 emissions at its global facilities by 37 percent per vehicle between 2000 and 2012 and plans for a 30 percent reduction from 2010 to 2025 by addressing everything from new products and technologies to manufacturing processes.

Ford's work to reduce CO2 emissions is outlined in Ford's 14th annual Sustainability Report issued today and more importantly, part of the company's overall mission to facilitate continued reduction of CO2 emissions.

Already, total CO2 emissions at Ford's global facilities have dropped by 4.65 million metric tons, or 47 percent since 2000. Ford also delivered on its commitment to reduce U.S. facility emissions by 10 percent per vehicle produced between 2002 and 2012, as part of an Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers program. And vehicle tailpipe emissions on a per vehicle basis have dropped 16 percent since 2007 as new vehicles such as Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid have become available.

And Ford has even bigger plans to reduce CO2 – one of several priorities outlined in its "Blueprint for Sustainability: Our Journey Continues." Other subjects in the voluntary report range from reduced water use and energy consumption to cutting the amount of waste-to-landfill at Ford facilities around the world.

"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," says 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."

Ford Chief Financial Officer Bob Shanks said sustainability issues are embedded in the company's business plan, and are consistent with its aim to deliver great products, a strong business and a better world.

"We are much more proactive in understanding the importance of sustainability in the broadest sense – not only in relation to our products, but also in the quality of the financial results that we derive from them," said Shanks, whose perspective is featured in this year's report.

Ford issued its first voluntary sustainability report in 1999 as a way to summarize and report on the company's initiatives regarding social, economic and environmental issues. Like Ford's sustainability-related processes and results, the report has evolved – from a printed booklet similar to an annual report, to being so detailed and comprehensive today that it requires an entire website, which can be found here.

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In the early 2000s, Ford's Climate Change Task Force identified a need to address shifting market trends and government regulations – among many other factors – with regard to reducing CO2 emissions.

Investors also are increasingly showing greater concern about climate change as a material risk for companies, creating a much stronger link between climate-change-relevant information and initiatives – such as the CO2 Model – and access to capital.

"Beyond those imperatives, we had taken to heart our responsibility to contribute to meeting the challenge of climate change," says John Viera, global director, sustainability and vehicle environmental matters.

Ford has developed products and technologies along with processes at its facilities and plans to meet its own targets while also doing its part to help keep CO2 levels in the Earth's atmosphere at or below 450 parts per million – a goal many scientists, businesses and governmental agencies say must be met to avoid the most serious effects on climate change.

Take Ford's EcoBoost® engines – now on more than 600,000 Ford Motor Company vehicles – that improve fuel economy and cut CO2. And since sales began of Ford C-MAX Hybrid and Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid, more than 20 billion grams of CO2 have been saved. Emissions from C-MAX Energi are less than half the average CO2 that comes from a regular car.

The C-MAX Hybrid and C-MAX Energi are part of six electrified vehicle choices from Ford. Other vehicles are: Fusion Hybrid, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids and Focus Electric

At its facilities, Ford is expanding its industry-leading 3-Wet paint capacity by 50 percent this year – adding the environmentally friendly process to four more plants on three continents. Increased use of this process, which streamlines the painting process, is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 25 percent where used.

And in the last eight years, company scientists have developed the Ford CO2 Model – a business planning tool that takes into consideration data and regulations from, among others, the International Energy Agency, National Center for Atmospheric Research, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ford also worked with researchers at Chalmers University in Gothenburg, Sweden, and from companies such as BP in the process of developing the CO2 Model.

...And beyond CO2
Ford's sustainability report is a comprehensive showcase of the company's efforts to tackle a myriad of sustainability challenges in a rapidly changing world. Specifically, the report addresses Ford's overall financial health, the fuel economy of Ford Motor Company vehicles, safety achievements and other sustainability-related issues, such as:

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

Information about last year's report can be found here while press releases, graphics and videos related to Ford's green initiative can be found here.

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About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 175,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.


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      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Given the rapidly rising gulf between Ford's claimed fuel economy/emissions levels and the actual ones, 37% is entirely unsurprising. I also question how much of that improvement really shows up on the road.
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford focuses on reducing CO2 emmissions. They misspelled emissions.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      37% is probably the difference due to new emissions and fuel economy regulations.. not simply because they are angels :P
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Aren't you Mr. The Glass is Half Empty
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        Yeah i know. I'm 3/5ths of a Dan..
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          I did a Happy Dan Review of you on your bike on another post...
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          :D
        pmpjunkie01
        • 1 Year Ago
        @2 wheeled menace
        I think they are talking about em(m)issions from the manufacturing process, tailpipe emissions are an entirely different topic. Good work, it saves them a ton of money!
      Grendal
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well good for you, Ford. Congratulations. Now keep working on it because you've a lot more to go.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only 63% to go. Start by destroying all Ford F-series. Introduce a tiny pickup truck instead of those bubbamobiles. Then we'll see how much they actually need a pickup for work and how much is about hick posing. They could also make a little aerodynamic van for work. Tools can't as easily be stolen in a van and they don't rust in rain. In Europe we use little vans for work. Not cartoon oversized pickups. We use small 4 cylinder engines for work vehicles, not moronic V8s. And today a turbo 3cylinder is plenty. Ford C-Max has a 1L 3cylinder engine option in Europe with 100 or 125 ponies and both are plenty and smooth and quiet (46MPGus). That could easily power a work van or pickup.
        atc98092
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        I have no idea who you are, or where you actually live. But your comments are somewhat lacking in knowledge and depth. If you don't live in the US, then you have no idea what type of vehicle is "necessary" for us here. I don't have or need a large 4x4 pickup, but I know many who do. My neighbor has a 10,000lb 28 foot cabin cruiser that he keeps at home. He used a Chevrolet Suburban for many years, keeping it well maintained to last as long as possible. When it had to be replaced, he had no choice but a full size one ton diesel pickup. Nothing else was capable of towing the boat. I can assure you he will use that truck again for many, many years. It will be well maintained, and only used for the purpose he purchased it for. He uses a Prius or Camry for daily driving, so don't wag your finger at him.
        Giza Plateau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Think of it this way, if you mentally ill americans start to become more reasonable then God wont have to cast you in eternal fire. That's worth considering :)
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Exactly, Marco. A much healthier and reasonable version of an afterlife. The modern concept of hell is utterly barbaric. I should have said corruption instead of mistranslation.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          @ Grendal, Actually, in the dark ages. only the Catholic Church existed ! Even then the idea of hell was defined by several contemporary Popes as simply ' the outer void, with out the presence of grace, where all evil is possible'. The theology was not that god inflicted this a punishment, but rather that the individual voluntarily inflicted this condition on themselves, by rejecting a state of grace.
          paulwesterberg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          @DeathKnoT You need a big truck just to haul brush to the dump? Get an electric wood chipper and use the chips for mulch.
          DeathKnoT
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Okay I'm American. I'm well travel so I'm aware of our cultural flaws. But seriously this is ridiculous. I have a f250 love the thing. Its 22 years, old beat up, and still worked today, its a joy. My tools stay in the cab :). Kind of hard to load a van with brush headed for the dump.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Giza Plateau
          Yeah. Because God likes torturing people for eternity. -sarc. Hell is not in the Bible. It's a accepted mistranslation that played on peoples fears by the Catholic church in the Dark Ages. It was used to better control the people. It's very disgusting in my opinion. You are entitled to your opinion of course.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        I'm still a little pissy that they discontinued the Ranger. I think they did that right in the middle of the gas price crisis too. Dafuq were they thinking? The explanation that it wasn't efficient enough.... ok... they were using a 10 year old mazda engine in it, what do they expect? then they put an ecoboost in the F150... larger, heavier, worse aero..
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Dan nods approvingly at your last line... Myself as well. I keep my Ranger pristine, and love it. Best in its class when it was released...then....nothing. The price point on the F-150 came down to the point where it was a viable alternative, from a price standpoint, to the Ranger. The problem is, I really wouldn't want anything of that size. I also don't need anything of that size. My Ranger pulls my boat just fine, and handles other chores without effort. As pro American as I am ('Murica Eff Yea!), I would buy the Tacoma, if my Ranger died.
      Reggie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford Dagenham’s wind turbines power production in the Dagenham Diesel Engine plant by converting wind energy into electricity. Dagenham's UK plant is 100% wind-powered, a fitting goal given the plant’s dedication to producing some of Ford’s greenest engines. Generating 11.4 million units of electricity a year, the turbines will collectively reduce Dagenham’s CO2 emissions by 5000 tonnes annually.
      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to go Ford !
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