Ford Targets 30 Percent Water Reduction Per Vehicle
In December, GWC Member Ford Motor Company announced plans to target a 30 percent reduction by 2015 in the amount of water used to produce each vehicle. From the Press Release:
Ford’s latest water reduction initiatives are designed to build on the success the company has had with its Global Water Management Initiative that launched in 2000. Between 2000 and 2010, Ford reduced its global water use by 62 percent, or 10.5 billion gallons. That’s the equivalent of how much water 105,000 average American residences use annually, based on figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Ford also released an infographic showing the magnitude of the water savings reached since the launch of the Global Water Management Initiative:
Ford is committed to reporting on its water reduction target and will communicate progress in the company’s annual sustainability report and through participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project’s Water Disclosure Project.
Read the full press release here.
Ford Releases 2010-2011 Sustainability Report
This week, GWC member Ford Motor Company released its annual Sustainability Report, in which the company details its efforts to maintain best in class operations in the areas of water, climate change, supply chain management, vehicle safety and long term company health. In 2010, Ford identified water as a top sustainability concern, reduced water use per vehicle by 8.5 percent and began to define their corporate water strategy.
Our water strategy actions aim to meet a number of objectives. These include:
- Minimizing global water consumption at Ford facilities while maximizing reuse
- Finding ways to use alternative, lower-quality water sources
- Prioritizing our investments based on local water scarcity and cost concerns
- Meeting either local quality standards or Ford global standards for wastewater discharge – whichever is more stringent
- Ensuring a stable water supply for our manufacturing facilities while working with local communities to minimize our impact
GWC is excited to work together with Ford to plan for a sustainable water future and identify areas where Ford can help protect the health of its workforce and local communities.
In this year’s report, GWC CEO Monica Ellis gave her perspective on Ford’s efforts:
I applaud Ford’s recognition of water as an issue material to its business. It’s a very powerful thing when companies understand their environmental footprints and choose to leverage this understanding for the greater good. When a company like Ford takes this step, that gets the attention of competitor companies and stimulates momentum. It is this momentum that provides perhaps the best hope for solving the global water crisis.
To read Ms. Ellis’ full statement, click here. To learn more, see Ford’s perspective on water and the company’s overall Blueprint for Sustainability.