Ford Sustainability

1) What are the specific materials that Ford uses that are sustainable? 

Ford leads the industry in researching the use of new and innovative sustainable materials, as well as implementing greener materials throughout its product line up. Currently, the company  has eight plant or bio-based materials in its vehicles: soy, wheat straw, kenaf, cellulose tree fiber, coconuts and rice hulls, to name a few. Our sustainable materials team is also currently working on approximately 20 other unlikely sustainable material candidates for auto parts - tomato peels, recycled U.S. currency, dandelions and algae are a few of those examples. 
 
Additionally, Ford utilizes a significant amount of recycled content in its vehicles, from seat fabrics to plastics and metals under the hood. Certain nonvisible plastic parts are made out of plastics from post-consumer recycled waste, such as nylon, tires and battery casings. We are working on transforming post-consumer laundry detergent containers and milk bottles into blow-molded automotive component. We are also investigating how post-consumer drinks bottles may be used to make energy-absorbing materials. 
 
Lastly, Ford recycles materials during the manufacturing process, to eliminate any unnecessary waste from operations. An example of this is in our closed-loop aluminum recycling. We work closely with our suppliers to recycle aluminum scraps, or "chips," from the production of the 2017 Ford F-150 to make more vehicles. Ford recycles 5 million pounds of highstrength, military-grade aluminum scrap a week through the closed-loop recycling system now in use at three Ford factories. That's enough to build more than 37,000 new F-Series truck bodies a month. These chips, most of which come from stamping windows into body panels, can comprise 40 percent of the original metal used, and the process has both environmental and cost savings.  
 
All these materials must deliver the same quality, appearance and performance as virgin materials, often times delivering better performance. 
 
2) What percentage of the materials that make up the various models are sustainable? 

Ford is continuously evaluating and implementing strategies to increase the percentage of sustainable materials used in our vehicles. For example, to date, we have developed 50 seat fabrics made from at least 25 percent post-industrial or post-consumer recycled content, and currently use recycled seat fabrics in 12 vehicles. Many vehicle parts are researched on a caseby-case basis, and when a successful application is implemented, it has the opportunity to expand to other parts and other vehicles.  
 
As an example, Ford Motor Company recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the company's first use of soybean-based foam on the 2008 Ford Mustang, which has now been 
employed on over 18.5 million vehicles. Since 2011, the foam has been used in the seat cushions, backs and headrests of every Ford vehicle built in North America (100%). 
 
3) What is the ecological footprint of the various models? 

The Ford research team has done lifecycle analysis on the use of soy and many of its sustainable materials, as well as recycled content to reinforce the environmental benefits of implementing sustainable materials. Soy foam has saved over 228 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere; the same as would be consumed by four million trees per year, according to a consumer horticulturist at North Carolina State University.  
 
4) How are waste products disposed of? 

A major focus of Ford's sustainable manufacturing efforts are around minimizing waste, and specifically achieving zero-waste-to-landfill in facilities around the globe. Ford has expanded its true zero-waste-to-landfill program to 82 Ford facilities around the world - 49 manufacturing facilities and 33 non-manufacturing facilities - where absolutely no waste goes to landfill. This includes the historical Ford Rouge Center, the largest complex in the company to send no manufacturing waste to landfills, as well as the North American World Headquarters - diverting more than 240,000 pounds of waste from landfills. 
 
In terms of plant or bio-based materials, the Ford research team uses byproducts from agriculture, many of which would otherwise be a waste stream. Ford's closed-loop recycling efforts recycles 5 million pounds of high-strength, military-grade aluminum scrap a week through the closed-loop recycling system now in use at three Ford factories. 
 
5) What programs are available for customers that considering hybrids or energy efficient cars? 

Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion in electrified solutions over the next five years, which includes 13 new electric vehicles to be launched by 2020. Globally, 40% of our nameplates will be electrified. In many states, incentives are offered to purchase electric vehicles.  
 
Additionally, Ford recently announced a joint venture with other automakers to ultra-fast, highpower charging along major highways in Europe. 
 
6) How many production plants and dealerships are using sustainable power (ie solar and wind)? 

Ford is working hard to produce less emissions as we produce new vehicles. We cut our CO2 emissions from manufacturing by 46 percent between 2000 and 2013 and now we're working on new, more aggressive targets. Our Energy Management Operating System (EMOS) is a comprehensive approach focusing on facility improvements, data management and the supply of energy to our manufacturing plants. 
 
Ford has teamed with Detroit Edison, Xtreme Power and the state of Michigan to establish one of the largest solar power generation systems in the state at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant. 
 
7) Of those operations, what percentage of the power used is sustainable? 

Ford's goal is to minimize energy use at facilities around the globe, already achieving a 43% reduction in energy use between 2000 and 2013. Additionally, we met our global goal in 2015 - to reduce facility energy consumption on a per-vehicle basis by 25 percent compared to 2011 - and exceeded that reduction further in 2016. We continue to focus on driving efficiencies in our worldwide facilities. 
 
For more information on Ford's sustainability efforts, please check out this year's annual sustainability report: //corporate.ford.com/microsites/sustainability-report-201617/index.html  
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