Climate Change

Ford is committed to doing our share to prevent or reduce the potential for environmental, economic and social harm due to climate change.

We have a comprehensive, science-based global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from our products and processes while working cooperatively with the public and private sectors to advance climate change solutions. We are taking a holistic approach to the issue, recognizing that it affects all parts of our business and is interconnected to other important issues, from water availability and energy security to human rights.

We believe our commitment to addressing the climate change issue in a comprehensive and strategic way is one of the factors that has helped to positively transform our Company’s current and future products and prospects.

Our Commitment

Our climate change strategy is based on doing our share to stabilize carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million (ppm), the level that many scientists, businesses and governmental agencies believe may avoid the most serious effects of climate change. This commitment includes the following:

  • Each new or significantly refreshed vehicle will be best in class, or among the best in class, for fuel economy
  • From our global portfolio of products, we will reduce GHG emissions consistent with doing our part for climate stabilization – even taking into account sales growth
  • We will reduce our facility CO2 emissions by 30 percent from 2010 to 2025 on a per-vehicle basis and average energy consumed per vehicle by 25 percent from 2011 to 2016 globally

For an in-depth look at the science behind our commitment, please see Ford’s Science-Based CO2 Targets.

Our technology migration plan for achieving vehicle CO2 emissions reductions – embodied in our Sustainable Technologies and Alternative Fuels Plan – maps the road we’re taking to achieve our product goals.

Our Progress

We are on track to meet our commitments. We are making progress by adding advanced technologies to all our products and offering high-value, attractive models that are more fuel efficient while still meeting customer expectations for utility and performance. We also continue to invest in energy-efficiency improvements at our facilities worldwide and to assess carbon emissions in our supply chain through multi-stakeholder projects.

Among our recent and upcoming actions, we:

  • Reduced fleet-average CO2 emissions from our 2012 model year U.S. new vehicles by 15 percent compared to the 2007 model year
  • Reduced fleet-average CO2 emissions from our European vehicles by 14 percent from the 2006 to 2012 calendar years
  • Reduced CO2 emissions from our global operations in 2012 by 1 percent on a per-vehicle basis, compared to 2011
  • Implemented three more engines with our patented EcoBoost® fuel-saving technology – in 2013, we expect to be producing approximately 1.5 million EcoBoost engines globally, about 200,000 more than originally expected
  • For the 2012 model year, began selling the Focus Electric, which gets a combined 105 miles per gallon (mpg) equivalent (according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), making it the most fuel-efficient compact vehicle in the U.S. at the time of launch
  • Introduced two plug-in hybrid electric vehicles to customers in the U.S.: the C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi
  • Offered three hybrid electric vehicle models: the Ford Fusion, Ford C-MAX and Lincoln MKZ
  • In Europe, offered 39 models and variants that achieve a CO2 emissions level of 130 grams per kilometer (g/km), and nine that achieve less than 100 g/km
  • In North America starting in 2012, offered eight models that provide 40 mpg or better – compared to 2009, when our most fuel-efficient vehicle achieved 35 mpg

We discuss our progress on vehicle fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions in more detail in the Greening Our Products section and our progress in reducing facility-related energy use and CO2 emissions in the Greening Our Operations section.

Supporting Climate Change Policies

Neither Ford nor the auto industry can achieve climate stabilization alone. Reducing emissions by the amount required calls for an integrated approach – a partnership of all stakeholders, including the automotive industry, the fuel industry, government and consumers. It can only be achieved by significantly and continuously reducing GHG emissions over a period of decades in all sectors of the economy. In the transportation sector, this means improving vehicle fuel economy, developing lower-carbon fuels and working with government on complementary measures to encourage consumers to purchase these more fuel-efficient vehicles and lower-carbon fuels. We are committed to working with all key stakeholders to create policies that further promote the development of lower-carbon fuels and other complementary measures.

If there is a mismatch between available fuels, vehicles and consumers, climate stabilization goals will not be met. Accordingly, we are committed to advocating for effective and appropriate climate change policy. We are promoting comprehensive market-based policy approaches that will provide a coherent framework for GHG emission reductions, so that companies like ours can move forward in transforming their businesses with a clear understanding of their obligations.

In This Section

In this section we first provide an overview of the climate change issue and of Ford’s greenhouse gas emissions. We also discuss the risks and opportunities that climate change poses for Ford and our overall climate change strategy. Finally we discuss climate change public policy issues and Ford’s climate change partnerships.


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