Greening Our Operations

Effectively managing the use of water, moving to low-carbon energy sources and avoiding waste are increasingly important to developed and emerging economies alike; we must play our part by ensuring that our operations are as energy efficient as possible and have a lower impact overall.

Doing Our Part to Combat Climate Change

Addressing the risks and effects of global warming is of paramount importance to Ford, and it’s not just in our manufacturing facilities where we are working to reduce our footprint.

Developing more fuel-efficient vehicles, driving change with our suppliers through our Partnership for a Cleaner Environment program, promoting eco-driving with consumers and implementing our Ford Smart Mobility plan are equally important.

Our Strategy

Ford’s strategy is based on the idea of climate stabilization, or doing our part to stabilize carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million. This is the level that many scientists, businesses and government agencies have concluded may help to forestall or substantially delay the most serious consequences of climate change.

Facility Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In our facilities, direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arise from the energy we produce on-site, while indirect emissions are associated with purchased electricity, steam and heat. Although our facility footprint is small compared to the level of GHG emissions arising from vehicles on the road, we are fully focused on ways to reduce it further.

  Our Value Chain Impacts

GHG Emissions Reporting and Trading

Our participation in reporting, emissions-reduction and trading schemes is important to Ford’s approach. We support mandatory and voluntary reporting globally (including an annual submission through the CDP), as well as emissions trading efforts.

We ensure compliance with relevant national requirements including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reporting, the EU Emissions Trading System, the U.K. Carbon Reduction Commitment and the Interim Measures of Carbon Emissions Trading Rights system in Chongqing, China.

Investing in Our Facilities

We invest significantly to create efficient and flexible manufacturing operations. These are the bedrock of Ford’s automotive business, helping us to deliver product excellence, quality and safety. Developing highly efficient processes and being smarter and more thoughtful about how we use energy and natural resources also help us drive environmental improvements.

Investments in Our Manufacturing and Assembly Operations, 2015

$2.5 billion investment in Chihuahua Engine Plant and Guanajuato Transmission Plant in Mexico

$220 million investment in our Argentina operations

Completion of $2.6 billion investment in our manufacturing operations in Valencia, Spain, transforming it into one of the world’s most advanced, flexible and productive auto plants

$168 million investment in our U.S. Ohio Assembly Plant

The Ford Production System (FPS) – A Journey to Lean

The FPS is Ford’s standardized production system that is designed to deliver high levels of manufacturing efficiency, safety and quality. It underpins our sustainability goals and supports our ultimate objective to become best in the world, with zero injuries, zero defects and 100 percent flow.

Since launching the FPS in 2011, we have been implementing much of the physical infrastructure at Ford plants across the world. Our focus now is on maturing the processes, building a deeper understanding of the standards and using those standards to identify and eliminate waste.

It’s what we call our journey to lean – optimizing the flow of production and materials to get our product to the customer as quickly as possible, with maximum efficiency in energy and resource use.

To deliver this, we have launched the Global Operations Leadership Development (GOLD) program at Ford plants throughout the world. The five-day program is designed to provide skills to leadership so they can drive correct behaviors through teaching, coaching, confirming and problem solving – all directed toward following the standards for FPS managers from plants in South America and Europe have already participated in the program.

Delivering Our Goals

In all our key impact areas, we drive progress in decarbonizing and increasing the sustainability of our operations through a set of global goals.

  Our Goals and Progress