Ford Motor Company said it reduced CO2 emissions at its global facilities by 37 percent per vehicle between 2000 and 2012 and plans a 30 percent reduction from 2010 to 2025 by addressing everything from new products and technologies to manufacturing processes.
In a statement made available to THISDAY in Lagos, the American auto maker said its plans to reduce CO2 emissions are outlined in the Ford’s 14th annual Sustainability Report, stressing that they are part of the company’s overall mission to facilitate continued reduction of CO2 emissions.
According to the statement, already, total CO2 emissions at Ford’s global facilities have dropped by 4.65 million metric tons, or 47 percent since 2000. It added that 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 programme, saying 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.
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,” Vice President, Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering, Robert Brown, was quoted as saying. “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.