Ford’s ‘green’ manufacturing plan cuts water use by 30%
US carmaker Ford yesterday announced a major commitment by to cut water use by 30% and reduce landfill waste by 70% across its European plants.
The five-year sustainability strategy will save more than 1 billion litres of water and €2.3 million in costs. It will also see Ford’s UK Dagenham site become close to achieving zero landfill.
The carmaker produces 1.2 million vehicles a year in Europe, which will each now require 1100 litres of water less to produce.
Ford’s European business is already the company’s lowest producer of landfill and has cut its generation 40% since 2007, which also reducing water use by 37%.
As well as Ford’s site in Dagenham, the company also has manufacturing facilities in Southampton and Bridgend, as well as Genk in Belgium, Valencia in Spain, Saarlouis and Cologne in Germany. Genk, Saarlouis and Cologne are already waste-to-landfill free.
“This plan represents our pledge to minimise Ford’s impact on the environment both before and after our customers get behind the wheel,” says Ford of Europe chair and CEO Stephen Odell. “Sustainability makes just as much sense for Ford as a business as it does for the environment.”