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Ford environmental standards

Challenge

Use standards to drive improvements.

Problem

Car manufacturers are working to reduce the impact of their operations and products. Much recent effort has been on environmental aspects. The carbon footprint of the automotive sector is on average about 10% from production, 5% from end-of-life and 85% from use phase. Developing new low-carbon solutions to mobility must happen hand-in-hand with improvements in production processes.

Solution

As part of making improvements at its Dagenham estate, Ford Europe is accredited to the environmental management standard ISO 14001, with that commitment driving changes.

Out of the entire annual waste produced at the site (5,937 tonnes in 2011), 85% is recycled and 15% currently goes to landfill. The engine plant is working on an oil reclamation process that, if successful, will eliminate virtually all of the remaining 15% landfill. As a whole, Ford Motor Company is committed to reducing landfill by 70% with a target of 1.5 kg per vehicle by 2016 (in 2011 it was 5 kg).

Reducing water usage is also a focus and in 2011, 16 million litres of water were used, a reduction of a quarter from 2006. Ford aims to reduce water use by 30%, saving approximately 1.3 billion litres per year, an average saving of 1,100 litres for each car or van produced.

Benefits

30% water reduction equates to £1.8 million savings (based on an annual production of 1.2 million vehicles)
Externally accredited environmental improvements

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