In view of the risks posed by climate change and water scarcity, Ford Motor Company decided to set targets to reduce water consumption in its operations by 2020 and create a partnership with suppliers to promote water stewardship and best practice.
Water has been a priority for the Ford Motor Company since 2000, when Ford announced its first water reduction targets. Recognizing the need for collective action around water, Ford pursues partnerships to solve challenges and share best practices with its suppliers, notably through the Partnership for a Cleaner Environment (PACE) program and through employee engagement.
Ford has set targets to reduce water use in manufacturing operations by 30% per vehicle from 2015-2020. This supports Ford’s goal of zero potable water use for manufacturing water and is the foundation for their ultimate goal of zero water withdrawal for their manufacturing processes.
Ford has also initiated the PACE program for reducing GHG emissions and water use among its suppliers. The PACE program involves creating multi-year roadmaps using baseline environmental data and regular progress updates towards a series of goals. This is reported to Ford, along with additional best practices in their own and their suppliers’ facilities. Company details The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. Ford is the secondlargest US-based automaker and the fifth-largest in the world, according to 2015 vehicle production. Ford employs 199,000 people across 67 plants and facilities worldwide, including US, Canada, Mexico, China, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa. Its revenue for 2016 was US$151.8billion. In addition to targets and PACE, Ford has a global grant program for community projects identified by employees, some of which relate to water and climate.
Implementing new technologies can be a challenge, but when Ford developed the minimum-quantity lubrication that is now the standard in any of its new powertrain operations they saw cheaper operating costs and energy consumption savings of up to 40%. This shows that taking action on water can also lead to reduced labor and energy costs.