Ford on Track to Cut Vehicle Emissions, Lags on Energy Efficiency

Ford on Track to Cut Vehicle Emissions, Lags on Energy Efficiency

New engine technology and releasing more electric and hybrids vehicles are some of the ways Ford is aiming to meet its goal of cutting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of its new U.S. and European vehicles by 30 percent by 2020.

Ford reports on that goal and more in its 10 annual sustainability report, “Blueprint for Sustainability: Our Future Works,” which covers 2008-2009. The full report is presented as a website, not in the traditional, made-for-printing PDF format.

For its CO2-reduction goal, Ford is comparing its vehicles' emissions to 2006 models. This year, the company is introducing its EcoBoost engine technology, which uses turbocharging and direct injection to reduce CO2 emissions by 15 percent and improve fuel economy by 20 percent. Ford aims to have the technology in 750,000 vehicles within three years and have it available for 90 percent of its product lines by 2013.

Ford also introduced a vehicle with the lowest CO2 emissions of any family car sold in Europe, the Ford Fiesta ECOnetic model, and launched two new hybrids in North America that get 41 miles per gallon in city driving, the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Mercury Milan Hybrid.

The company's electric vehicle goals include launching a commercial battery electric vehicle for fleet customers in 2010, a battery electric passenger vehicle in 2011 and next-generation hybrid vehicles, including a plug-in version, in 2012.

As for Ford's manufacturing operations, the company improved its U.S. energy efficiency by 4.5 percent, but globally its energy efficiency went down 12 percent, preventing it from meeting it goal to improve global efficiency by 3 percent. The U.S. improvement, though, saved the company about $16 million.

The report shows a broad range of other issues Ford is working on. Some of its other achievements include a 24 percent reduction in global water use, an expanded use of mercury-free navigation and entertainment screens, and further elimination of lead wheel weights in light-duty vehicles.

Ford has also started voluntarily reporting facility CO2 emissions to national emissions registries in Australia, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, the U.S., and Chongqing, China.

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