Earth Day is right around the corner on April 22nd. Some would argue the “green craze” is over, but Ford Motor Company and the dealerships they partner with are still committed to being cleaner and efficient even if it isn’t grabbing headlines or generating buzz the way it used to. Ford is and has been “going green” for the last few years in many meaningful and creative ways.
- Commitment to reducing CO2 Emissions
From 2000 to 2010 Ford reduced all C02 emissions on each of their vehicles by 31%. By 2025 Ford has vowed to reduce emissions on all of their vehicles by another 30%.
- Reducing Energy Consumption from Factories and Manufacturing Operations
Ford reduced energy consumption from their manufacturing facilities by 25% globally from 2011-2015.
- Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
Fords vehicle lineup currently contains 5 Hybrid and Electric Vehicles including the Fusion Hybrid and Energi SE, the Focus Electric, and the C-Max Hybrid SEL and Energi SE. These vehicles can run either in partnership with a gas engine or fully on electricity. This not only reduces consumption of fuel, but also eliminates many harmful engine emissions.
- Reducing Waste to Landfills
Reduced waste to landfill per vehicle produced by 40% between 2011 and 2015.
- Use of Recycled Material
Ford vehicles use recycled materials including cloth, aluminum, and glass. Use of recycled material is estimated to conserve 600,000 gallons of water 1.8 million pounds of CO 2 equivalents, and the equivalent of more than 7 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. This also allows the vehicles themselves to be recycle by the end of their road life. The Focus and Escapes for example are 80% recyclable.
- Geothermal Energy
The Lima (Ohio) Engine Plant uses cold water from two abandoned limestone quarries on the property to cool a portion of the plant and its equipment. The system is capable of providing chilled water using 0.1 kilowatts per ton of cooling vs. traditional chiller systems with cooling towers, which consume around 0.7 kw/ton or more. In addition, several hundred thousand gallons of domestic water have already been saved due to the elimination of some existing cooling towers.
- LED Lights
While LED lights still consume energy they are estimated to use about 75% less energy than conventional bulbs. Ford uses LED lights in their vehicles headlights and even authorizes and helps dealerships with the installation of LED lights on their sales lots. LED lights last longer (up to 22 years in some cases) and reduce waste to landfills.
- Reducing Water Usage and Consumption
Ford reduced water use per vehicle produced by 30% between 2009 and 2015.
- World’s Largest “Green” Roof
Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant has a 10.4-acre living roof. The roof is composed of a drought-resistant perennial groundcover called sedum which is planted into a specially layered bed. Virtually maintenance-free, it can absorb up to 4 million gallons of rainwater annually and is part of a broader storm-water management system. In addition to absorbing rainwater and carbon dioxide, the sedum roof produces oxygen and provides natural overhead insulation for the final assembly building, thereby reducing energy costs. The roof is also expected to last twice as long as a traditionally constructed roof.
- Paint Fumes For Energy
Ford’s innovative Fumes-to-Fuel system burns paint fumes in a process that produces electricity at the Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Not only does the process virtually destroy the volatile organic compounds in the fumes, it also produces electricity for the plant. The program burns one-third of the fumes in one paint booth, yet 45 to 50 kilowatts of electricity are produced – enough to meet the typical demand of an average suburban block of houses. The only by-products of Ford’s Fumes-to-Fuel system are small amounts of water vapor, CO2 and nitrogen oxides.
Ford’s full explanation of their green strategy can be found HERE. If you would like ideas on what you can do this Earth day to make a difference, or how to make small changes in your daily life to be more “green” visit earthday.org for more information.
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