Climate Change and the Environment

We have comprehensive strategies for minimizing our environmental impacts.

Climate Change

Doing our part to reduce climate change

  • Electrification

    We are pursuing an aggressive electrified vehicle strategy that includes HEVs, PHEVs, and BEVs in a range of vehicle segments.

  • Sustainable Technologies and Alternative Fuels Plans

    We are implementing a plan to significantly improve fuel economy and enable the use of alternative fuels and powertrains.

  • Strategy

    We have a comprehensive, science-based global strategy to make a measurable contribution to combating climate change.

  • Vehicle CO2 Emissions

    For the 2012 model year, our U.S. fleet CO2 emissions decreased by 7 percent vs. 2011.

  • Facility CO2 Emissions

    We reduced facilities-related CO2 emissions per vehicle by 37 percent from 2000 to 2012.

  • Policy and Partnerships

    Ford advocates for comprehensive, market-based policy approaches that provide a coherent framework for greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Products and technologies

Delivering vehicles and technologies that reduce our environmental impact

  • Electrification

    We now offer six electrified vehicles, including HEVs, PHEVs, and BEVs.

  • Sustainable Technology and Alternative Fuels Plan

    We are implementing a plan to significantly improve fuel economy and enable the use of alternative fuels and powertrains.

  • Materials

    We continue to expand our use of recycled and renewable materials.

  • Fuel Economy

    We are delivering on our promise that all our new vehicles will be among the best in class for fuel economy.


Reducing energy use, emissions, water use and waste across our operations

  • Energy Use

    In 2012, we set a goal to improve our operational energy use per vehicle globally by 25 percent by the end of 2016 based on a 2011 baseline normalized for weather and production.

  • Water

    Between 2000 and 2012, we reduced our total global water use by 62 percent, or 10.6 billion gallons.

  • Waste

    We plan to reduce waste per vehicle globally by 40 percent from 2011 to 2016.

At Ford, we have been working for many years to minimize the environmental impacts of our vehicles and operations.

For example, we are doing our part to prevent or reduce the potential for environmental, economic and social harm due to climate change. We have a science-based strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our products and operations that focuses on doing our share to stabilize carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere. We are on track to meet the central elements of our strategy: Each of our new vehicles is a leader, or among the leaders, in fuel economy, and we are reducing GHG emissions across our global product portfolio. We have also set a goal to reduce our facility CO2 emissions per vehicle by 30 percent by 2025 compared to a 2010 baseline, building on our reduction of 31 percent from 2000 to 2010.

We are committed to reducing other elements of the environmental footprint of our vehicles and operations as well. For example, we continue to increase the use of sustainable materials in our vehicles. And, we reduced waste to landfill by 17 percent per vehicle from 2011 to 2012 and announced a new plan to reduce waste sent to landfill by 40 percent on a per-vehicle basis between 2011 and 2016 globally. We are also continuing to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds from our operations through the use of innovative technologies.

In this section we discuss our approach to the issue of climate change and the ways we are working to reduce the environmental footprint of our products and operations.


Download Summary Report

Ford’s 2012/13 Sustainability Report is summarized in this 8-page downloadable document.

Visit our Downloads page for this report in full or as separate sections along with supplementary publications.