Ford Is Committed to Sustainability
The roles that fossil fuels and our modes of travel play in changing our environment cannot be ignored. From automobile emissions while on the road, to the amount of energy required to produce the world’s goods, it is everyone’s responsibility to take the necessary steps toward sustainability. Doing so benefits the entire population, including manufacturers and consumers, as reducing environmental impact goes a long way toward setting future generations up for success. As a leader in the global marketplace, Ford is committed to sustainability that goes beyond improving the fuel economy of its vehicles. By looking at the entire vehicle life cycle, from material production, to a car and truck no longer being operable, the manufacturer has overhauled its processes to ensure that drivers are able to visit Bloomington Ford and drive off in a vehicle that is built for sustainability.
Minimizing Effects of Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Recognizing the harmful effects of carbon dioxide emissions, especially those produced by passenger vehicles, Ford is taking a science-based approach to battling climate change. One strategy being utilized by the company is setting emission-reduction goals for Ford vehicles based on region and global manufacturing operations. The goal is to create an environment that is stabilized with an atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide at 450 parts per million (ppm). This is a level, agreed upon by scientists, businesses, and governments, that may help us all avoid the most serious consequences of climate change.
Ford’s approach includes three major company goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that encompass every stage in the production process. The first is to improve the fuel economy of vehicles on the road around the world, which involves developing the technology needed to get more miles per gallon out of every engine in Ford’s lineup. As mentioned, Ford has specific reduction targets set by region, taking into account local regulations and policies to ensure compliance as well. In addition to targeted emission reductions across the globe, Ford also offers a new powertrain for new and significantly refreshed vehicles. This powertrain option gets leading fuel economy and allows drivers to upgrade to a more efficient car or truck.
Ford’s third goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in their facilities by 30 percent from 2010 to 2025, and to reduce the average amount of energy consumed per vehicle by 25 percent by 2016. In order to achieve these goals, Ford continues to assess its progress along the entire supply chain to monitor emissions and improvements in fuel economy.
Increasing Reliance on Sustainable Materials
While fuel economy and reduced emissions are significant, Ford is also working on technology that allows for vehicles themselves to be more sustainable. Choosing sustainable materials for an automobile increases its sustainability for its entire lifecycle, from the time it is created until it is no longer on the road. In addition to considering the materials that will go into the final product that you would find on the lot at Bloomington Ford, the organization also looks at components that can be recycled or repurposed at the end of the vehicle’s life and how each material need affects the production process.
What types of materials can be used in place of those that already go into the production of a new vehicle? For one, Ford will work to replace petroleum with plant-based materials that are more efficient and renewable. By expanding closed-loop recycling and using resources more efficiently in the manufacturing process, the company is also able to reduce energy consumption and industrial waste. Ford has also introduced more lightweight construction materials, especially for frames and the bodies of vehicles, which allow their cars and trucks to achieve better fuel economy. While introducing new materials to use results in more efficiency, discontinuing the use of scarce materials and those that have negative impacts on human health and the environment is also at the top of Ford’s priorities.
It is important to note that these steps are being taken for every step of the vehicle life cycle. From the raw materials that are extracted from the Earth, to the supplier that sends parts to Ford for manufacturing, to the driver that puts a few hundred thousand miles on the car, environmental friendliness and sustainability are paramount.
Smart Mobility and Redefining Driving
In addition to improving its manufacturing processes, and developing cars and trucks that are more efficient and safer for the environment, Ford is also working on projects that could change the way drivers around the world go about their daily routine. According to a report by Triple Pundit, Ford’s overall strategy—called the Blueprint for Sustainability—focuses on smart mobility and how to answer questions beyond how to get more miles per gallon in an engine.
Aging infrastructure, increasing populations and wealth in developing countries, and congestion in urban areas all contribute to the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and energy used daily. One of the ways that this initiative is helping solve problems is by identifying smarter ways for people to get from place to place. For example, researching autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles improves efficiency while also reducing auto emissions. A program that allows drivers to effectively “rent” a car by the minute, and which guarantees a parking spot at their destination, enhances one-way travel and keeps drivers from having to circle parking lots, wasting gas.
Smart vehicles, emission-free electronic motors, and more intuitive methods for charging and refueling are at the forefront of the industry and are regularly being researched and developed by Ford. While the company continues to make strides in sustainability, drivers will be able to take advantage of vehicles that are not only better for the environment, but ones which perform better on the road.
Drivers who want to learn more about the sustainable measures Ford is putting into place can see the line of high efficiency vehicles at Bloomington Ford. Whether you are interested in the Ford C-Max Energi, the Ford Fusion Hybrid, or one of the other top models available, the team at Bloomington Ford will be able to answer any questions you have and direct you to the perfect option for your needs. Stop by the dealership, or call (866) 322-8368 to set up an appointment, today.
- 1. http://corporate.ford.com/microsites/sustainability-report-2014-15/environment-climate.html
- 2. http://www.triplepundit.com/2015/06/ford-lays-evolving-vision-21st-century-smart-mobility/