Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Ford Motor Company its 2008
ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. This is Ford's third
consecutive year winning an ENERGY STAR Award.
- Ford improved energy efficiency in the U.S. by 4.5 percent in 2007 and nearly 30 percent since 2000.
Ford Motor Company's actions to reduce the amount of
energy used to manufacture vehicles and support its U.S. operations
have earned it the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's coveted 2008
ENERGY STAR Award. A three-time ENERGY STAR Award winner, the 2008
award for Sustained Excellence recognizes Ford's continued leadership
and commitment to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.
Ford accepted the award at a ceremony in Washington D.C. on April 1, 2008.
Motor Company is committed to the responsible use of resources," said
Sue Cischke, group vice president, Sustainability, Environment and
Safety Engineering. "Energy efficiency is critical to running a strong
and successful business delivering both financial and environmental
In 2007, Ford improved energy efficiency in the U.S. by 4.5 percent resulting in savings of approximately $18 million.
Since 2000, Ford's U.S. facilities have improved energy efficiency by
nearly 30 percent, equivalent to the energy used to power 260,000 homes
for a year.
One effort responsible for the reduction
is a project to improve lighting systems – controls, fixtures, lamps
and ballasts -- in 26 million square feet of office, industrial and
warehouse facilities. A combination of high-efficiency fluorescent
lights and motion sensors has improved lighting efficiency by 50
percent in parts distribution centers alone.
As an Energy Star
partner, Ford works closely with EPA ENERGY STAR and Department of
Energy to develop and share new technologies to reduce the carbon
footprint of manufacturing operations. In a recent example, Ford
shared its industry-leading advanced paint formulation and application
technologies that significantly reduce energy consumption in paint
shops while improving quality. Successful programs to improve energy
efficiency of production tooling and building operations are being
replicated across Ford's operations.
Ford continues to pursue
alternative energy sources including geothermal cooling, landfill gas
reclamation, wind and solar technology to power manufacturing plants in
clean, sustainable ways. In the U.S., renewable, or "green," power
supplies five percent of Ford's energy needs.
"We are proud
to recognize Ford Motor Company’s continued efforts with the 2008
ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence award,” said Robert J. Meyers,
principal deputy assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Air &
Radiation. “Year after year partners like Ford Motor Company are
examples of the benefits of a long-term commitment to energy
efficiency. Their actions are leading the way in saving energy and
helping to protect the environment.”