Ford Motor Company’s actions to reduce the amount of energy used to manufacture vehicles and support its U.S. operations have earned it the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s coveted 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for the sixth consecutive year.
The 2011 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence recognizes Ford’s continued leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.
In 2010, Ford improved energy efficiency in its U.S. manufacturing facilities by 2 percent bringing Ford’s 5-year improvement to more than 15 percent. The cumulative improvement represents 1,875 million kilowatt hours (kWh) which is equivalent to the amount of energy required to power 60,000 average U.S. homes for a year. Ford establishes new baseline measures of energy efficiency – natural gas and electricity – every five years and normalizes for changes in production volume and weather.
“We are extremely proud of the steps we’ve taken to improve responsible use of natural resources,” said Donna Inch, Chairman and CEO, Ford Land. “Energy efficiency is critical to running a strong and successful business, delivering both financial and environmental benefits.”
Ford’s energy efficiency improvements include:
In 2010, Ford earned nine ENERGY STAR Building Labels for efficiency improvements. Ford has launched a 5-year plan to obtain LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for a number of Dearborn-based office buildings.
“Ford has earned EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award – the 2011 Sustained Excellence Award,” said Elizabeth Craig, Acting Director of EPA’s Office of Atmospheric Programs. “Ford’s long term leadership and commitment to energy efficiency demonstrates the types of accomplishments that we can all achieve in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our global environment. We look forward to their continued partnership and leadership.”