Advancing Our Planet

We have a role to play in protecting the planet by reducing the emissions from our vehicles, operating world-class facilities and helping our suppliers reduce their impact on the world around us.

How can automakers help tackle the climate change challenge?

Climate change is one of the most pressing global challenges of our time, as well as one of our salient human rights issues (pdf, 2.8MB), so helping address it is a strategic priority for Ford. We have a responsibility to reduce the CO2 emissions associated with the use of our vehicles, as well as from our operations and supply chain.

Our Goals

We support CO2 reductions consistent with the Paris Climate Accord

We will use 100 percent renewable energy for all manufacturing plants globally by 2035

We aspire to achieve zero air emissions from our facilities

A wind farm

Stabilizing CO2 levels in the atmosphere is extremely challenging and requires everyone around the world to do their part. To help keep the rise in global temperature below 2°C, in line with the Paris Climate Accord, we’re streamlining our portfolio, improving fuel efficiency and lowering the lifetime emissions associated with vehicle use. We are also working to reduce the emissions, energy use and water consumption associated with our operations and throughout our supply chain, and transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy sources.

Ford vehicle driving on a road

See how we’re reducing our carbon footprint

How are manufacturing companies contributing to a cleaner, healthier planet?

Large manufacturers such as Ford are reducing their environmental impact by using water responsibly and reducing waste, and magnifying their efforts by replicating best practice throughout their supply chains.

Our Goals

We will achieve true zero waste to landfill across our operations

We will eliminate single-use plastics from our operations by 2030

We will make zero water withdrawals for manufacturing processes

We aspire to use freshwater for human consumption only

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Access to safe, clean water and adequate, accessible sanitation is one of our salient human rights issues (pdf, 2.8MB). Water is also critical to our operations and, as a signatory to the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, we appreciate the need to use it efficiently and sustainably. The automotive industry is also resource intensive, so we work hard to make our facilities more efficient, create less waste, and reuse or recycle any waste we do generate wherever we can.

Water being used on car production

Find out how we’re trying to do more with less

Can we move society closer to a circular economy?

With a vehicle typically containing hundreds of different metals, plastics, fabrics and composites, manufacturers are increasingly looking to use renewable and recycled materials that have a reduced life-cycle impact, as long as they provide equivalent or superior performance.

Our Goal

We aspire to only use recycled and renewable plastics in our vehicles globally

A diagram with different materials pointing to parts on a vehicle. Materials used are: Recycled rubber and plastics in the underbody, Aluminium in the truck body, Soy foam seats, Soy and tires in exterior mirrors, Used clothing for sound insulation, Bio-based nylon in fuel lines, Plastic bottles in cloth seat fabric, Rice hull in wiring harness.

We have always explored the applications of renewable and recycled materials in our vehicles. And with the finite nature of fossil fuel-based materials, along with evolving consumer expectations, that work continues to this day. We’re finding ways to use more sustainable materials, which contain less carbon and ease the pressure on natural resources, in our vehicles.

A woman with safety glasses looking at test tubes

See how we’re using more sustainable materials

Sustainable Development Goals

Through our work in advancing our planet, we are contributing to the following UN SDGs:

  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13: Climate action

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