Ford of Europe was given a "Green Supply Chain" award thanks to reducing its CO2 emissions along its manufacturing processes. The key factor for Ford in getting this prize was the marque's reduction in truck hauling: Last year, Ford of Europe used 64 percent more sea and river mileage for its finished vehicle transportation. In Germany, Ford uses Rhine barges to move cars from its Niehl assembly plant in Cologne, Germany, to Antwerp in Belgium and to sea ports beyond. Between the continent and Great Britain, there are daily cross-Channel sailings between Vlissingen in the Netherlands and Dagenham in England. Additionally, there is also a regular sea transportation link between Germany and St. Petersburg in Russia. Rail usage was also increased, with truck trailers that can be lifted physically on and off suitably designed rail wagons.

[Source: Ford]


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