Ford has committed to a bold new plan for reducing waste across its European plants, but will it make it more cost effective for customers to finance, lease or purchase a new Ford?
Ford are aiming to slash landfill waste by 70% in five years, and reduce water used by 30%.
Dirk Heller, Director of Ford Europe’s Manufacturing, says that this ambitious new programme is both the right thing and the smart thing for the company to do.
As well as reducing Ford’s environmental footprint, if the plan succeeds it will make Ford production significantly more cost efficient, a double bonus for people looking to purchase, lease or finance a new Ford.
What does this mean for Ford UK?
Along with plants in Spain, Germany and Belgium, UK manufacturing centres in Southampton, Dagenham and Bridgend will be rising to this new challenge.
Ford Europe have already succeeded in reducing a significant proportion of landfill waste, with 85% of the waste from Dagenham being recycled.
At the moment, Ford engineers at the Dagenham Engine Plant are hard at work creating an ‘oil reclamation’ process.
When this is working, it should almost eliminate the remaining 15% of landfill waste.
Now, all three UK plants are going to be working to meet the new Ford target of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill by 70%.
In 2011, 5kg of waste was produced per car made. By 2016, Ford is aiming to make this just 1.5kg, or 0.13% of the weight of a Ford Fiesta.
Across Europe, this will save 5.5 million kgs of waste every year.
Ford are also aiming to reduce water used during production by 30%, from 3.5m3 per unit to 2.4m3 per unit.
So for every Ford car built in the UK, 1.1m3 of water will be saved.
The UK Ford Dagenham plant has already managed to cut water usage by 25% between 2006 and 2011.
Building on their commitment to sustainability
Ford say that this plan goes together with developing more fuel efficient vehicles.
This includes Ford’s EcoBoost engine, which will be seen in the new Ford Focus models.
Not only does the EcoBoost engine give the Ford Focus a real edge when it comes to fuel efficiency, its production is remarkably lean.
Produced at Ford’s Cologne factory, water usage is now 37% lower than in the production line it replaced.
Remarkably, the amount of coolant needed to produce the aluminium engine fittings has gone down from two litres to just five milimetres.
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