A history of sustainable success

After seeing a 40% reduction in the amount of waste being sent to landfill sites per vehicle between 2007 and 2011, Ford has committed to creating an even more energy-efficient strategy for the years that lie ahead. The company has called for another 40% per vehicle reduction in waste sent to landfill by the year 2016, or a total of 13.4lbs per vehicle worldwide.

Strong in its commitment to recycle, reduce and reuse, the company recognizes the benefits of contributing positively to the environment while improving its bottom line. Not only did Ford see a 25% drop in average energy consumption per vehicle globally between 2011 and 2016, through the recycling of 568,000 tons of scrap metal in North America in 2012, Ford acquired a whopping $225 million in revenue; a good business case for sustainable best practices.

Another shining example of a Ford success takes shape in the company’s Van Dyke facility, also known as North America’s first zero waste-to-landfill transmission plant. Watch the video below to learn more:

An energy-efficient strategy that targets waste reduction in plants

According to the Ford website, in order to reach their goal of reducing waste to landfill, Ford plans to tackle a number of issues, touching upon everything from working with global suppliers to using more eco-friendly packaging.

Other points include identifying the 5 largest waste-to-landfill streams at each plant and developing plans to reduce each and track the progress; minimize waste by leveraging the Ford production system; improving waste sorting procedures; investing in new technologies that minimize waste; and expanding programs that deal with managing specific kinds of waste.

So, why is Ford going the extra mile to reduce waste and lessen their carbon footprint? In a statement posted on Waste 360, John Fleming, Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Labour Affairs, says:  “Reducing waste is a crucial part of our strategy toward building a world-class manufacturing system. By applying standard waste reduction processes across our global facilities, we are, through our actions – and not just words – improving the quality of life where we do business.”

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