Ford of Europe commits to reduce water use, landfill waste by 2016

Article by Anita Panait, on January 31, 2012

Ford Motor Co. has confirmed its commitment to drastically decrease its landfill waste and water uses at its European plants. The company’s commitment entails significantly increasing the proportion of waste recycled and reused and decreasing landfill waste by 70%. This equals to a reduction of average landfill waste generated per vehicle from 5kg in 2011 to 1.5kg by 2016. 

The company will try to emulate the environment-friendly production system at its Ford Dagenham Estate in the United Kingdom. The site, which is ISO14001-accredited, has an environmental team that actively pursues Ford of Europe environmental objectives. Only 15% of the Dagenham Estate’s annual waste, which is around 5,937 tons in 2011, actually goes to the landfill while a bulk 85% is recycled.

The Dagenham Engine Plant is currently developing an ‘oil reclamation’ process that aims to totally eliminate landfill waste. With regards to water usage during production, Ford aims to cut the figure by 30%. This translates to annual savings of around 1.3 billion liters of water and €2.3 million, based on a yearly production of 1.2 million vehicles. This also translates to an average saving of 1,100 liters of water for each car or van produced.

“This plan represents our pledge to minimize Ford’s impact on the environment both before and after our customers get behind the wheel,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, adding that the commitment goes hand in hand with the company’s commitment to develop the most fuel efficient vehicles.

“Sustainability makes just as much sense for Ford as a business as it does for the environment,” Odell said. Ford of Europe’s latest announcement builds upon earlier actions that propelled the unit to become Ford Motor Co.’s lowest producer of landfill waste.  Ford of Europe has cut landfill-waste generation by 40% and reduced water use by 37% since 2007.

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