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2013-2014 Sustainability Report Highlights Future Initiatives

Ford water use is furthering its commitment to aggressively step up water conservation programs at its global facilities and among the company’s suppliers, according to its 15th annual Sustainability Report, released.

Ford Clean Drinking Water

Leaders at Ford believe it is a basic human right to have clean, affordable drinking water and access to sanitation, and last year Ford reduced per vehicle water use by 30 percent globally from a

2009 baseline, reaching its goal two years ahead of schedule. Plans are under way to further cut water use by another 2 percent this year and to set new long-term goals.

“As Ford continues with its largest global expansion in more than 50 years, the company also recognizes that working in regions struggling with water scarcity will soon make water a costly commodity,” said John Fleming, executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs for Ford Motor Company. “From a business perspective, understanding future constraints and immediately reducing Ford’s water consumption makes sense.”

Ford Water Mandate Rebate

In April, Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally endorsed the CEO Water Mandate to more clearly define the company’s mission. The private-public initiative also launched by the U.N. Secretary General in 2007. For it also requires participating companies to report their water management progress annually.

Later this year, Ford will also begin asking high water-use suppliers and those working in water-stressed regions to voluntarily report water consumption. Ford will then work with the suppliers to achieve reductions. The hope is that successful initiatives will be mirrored by other suppliers globally, helping Ford to significantly reduce its environmental footprint.

Across the globe, examples of Ford’s success with water conservation are numerous. Consider Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant in Cuautitlán, Mexico.

Built in 1964, the plant is located in a water-scarce region. Over the decades, the city has become host to many international corporations. For that’s including beverage companies that use large volumes of water. By 1990, the Cuautitlán government recognized that water demand was outstripping supply. Finally it began limiting water use and imposing stricter permitting.

Changes implemented by Ford at the facility include:

  1. Installing dedicated piping for potable water to ensure it is used only for human consumption
  2. Recycling all other water used at the plant
  3. Replacing asphalt with ecological concrete, which allows rain to reenter the ground

58% Percent Reduction in Water

The result: An almost 58 percent reduction in water use per vehicle. Just at the vehicles Cuautitlán Stamping and Assembly Plant between 2000 and 2013.

Ford began strategically working to improve the company’s water impact. That’s globally and they started in 2000. That’s also by setting year-over-year reduction targets. Especially as part of its Global Water Management Initiative. The success of the initiative is so measurable.

In addition, not only has the company reached its water-use-per-vehicle goal two years ahead of schedule. Hey it cut global water use by 61 percent. I mean or by more than 10 billion gallons. All between 2000 and 2013. That savings is the equivalent of 1 billion five-minute-long showers. All according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The total amount of water used around the globe at Ford facilities went from 64 million cubic meters per year to 25 million cubic meters.

Other highlights of Ford’s Sustainability Report include:

Source: Ford Motor Company, DEARBORN, Mich., June 18, 2014

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