Efficiency, Facilities and Land
Our activities and facilities have the potential to affect land use, nature and biodiversity, both directly and indirectly. We strive to make our operations as efficient and sustainable as possible, and have taken steps to improve biodiversity and wildlife habitat on our land.
Committed to Green Buildings
As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and supporter of its industry-standard LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, we are committed to green buildings in our operations, following the basic principles of resource and process efficiency, life cycle assessments, health and safety, and environmental performance.
We strive to implement a range of best practices in our new facilities, from advanced water-treatment and waste-reduction systems to energy-saving technologies.
Advanced Energy Infrastructure for Dearborn Campus
By 2020, our Research and Engineering Center on our Dearborn campus will be powered by a LEED-certified energy plant. Its highly efficient systems will consist of a gas-fired combined heat and power plant, advanced chiller technology, a thermal energy storage tank, and geothermal heating and cooling. In addition, a solar array could supply up to 4MW of electricity: enough to power more than 1,000 homes.
We currently operate 26 LEED-certified buildings around the world.
Efficiency: Lean Production in Action
A new $25 million investment for additional manufacturing enhancements brings Ford’s total investment at Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville to $925 million and allows the company to increase manufacturing line speed.
These investment and advanced manufacturing upgrades are examples of the company’s quest to improve its operational fitness. They include 400 new robots, a new 3D printer that enables workers to make parts and tools more quickly and cheaper as well as enhanced data analytics to keep the assembly line moving as efficiently as possible.