In 2010, Ford made significant progress on the environmental aspects of our products and operations. For example:
- In 2009, we committed that every all-new or redesigned vehicle we introduce will be the best in class or among the best in class for fuel economy in its segment. Since then, we have followed through on this commitment with vehicles introduced in both the U.S. and Europe, and we will continue to do so with future product launches. In 2010, we developed carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets for all of our facilities, following the same science-based process used to develop our CO2 reduction targets for vehicles. These targets are based on the CO2 reductions that will help stabilize atmospheric carbon dioxide at 450 ppm.
- For the 2010 model year, our fleet CO2 emissions increased slightly by about 1 percent relative to the 2009 model year, but improved 11 percent compared to the 2006 model year. Preliminary data for the 2011 model year project that the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) values for the car and truck fleets will be about the same as the car and truck fleet averages for the 2010 model year. On an overall fleet basis, preliminary estimates indicate a 2011 CAFE improvement of 2.9 percent compared to 2010.
- We are continuing to expand corporate standards and requirements for sustainable materials and in-vehicle air quality. We are developing in-vehicle air-quality specifications, which we plan to roll out to all of our operating regions over the next few years. We are expanding the use of recycled and renewable materials across vehicle lines. And, we are continuing to develop new applications for sustainable materials. As of 2011, all of our vehicles produced in North America use soy foam seating.
- In 2010 we developed and adopted a global water strategy. This strategy includes a strong focus on understanding and reducing water risks in the water-scarce regions in which we operate. It also addresses water use throughout our supply chain. We began implementing this strategy in 2011.
- In 2010, we completed the global implementation of our Environmental Operating System – including metrics, data collection and reporting – in all of our plants in all regions. Also in 2010, our Powertrain Operations (PTO) completed the global implementation of the Sustainability Tracking and Rating system to encourage the implementation of environmental manufacturing best practices in all new PTO programs.
- For the sixth consecutive year, we received the Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. This award recognizes Ford’s continued leadership in and commitment to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.
- From 2000 to 2010, we reduced CO2 emissions from our facilities by a total of approximately 49 percent and on a per-vehicle basis by 30 percent.
- We continued our leadership in facility greenhouse gas reporting in 2010. Voluntary GHG reports were developed for all four Ford manufacturing sites in China.
- We continued to reduce water use and waste sent to landfill on a per-vehicle basis in 2010. We reduced global water use per vehicle by 8 percent and landfill waste per vehicle by 12.4 percent, relative to 2009.
- We introduced packaging guidelines for the transport of parts and materials used in Ford vehicles. These guidelines require supplier-provided packaging to support corporate sustainability goals by seeking a neutral or positive environmental footprint through zero waste to landfill and the use of 100 percent recycled, renewable or recyclable materials.