Ford Cuts Global Water Use 8.5 Percent per Vehicle from 2011 to 2012; Total Usage Down 62 Percent Since 2000

 Ford Cuts Global Water Use 8.5 Percent per Vehicle from 2011 to 2012; Total
                       Usage Down 62 Percent Since 2000

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., March 22, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oIn late 2011, Ford announced its global water use reduction strategy would
    decrease the average amount of water used to make each vehicle by 30
    percent between 2009 and 2015; water use already has been cut by 25
    percent per vehicle since 2009
  oSince 2000, Ford has decreased its total water use globally from 64
    million cubic meters to 24 million cubic meters – the equivalent of about
    10.6 billion gallons – due in large part to implementation of new methods
    for monitoring and managing how water is used at each facility

Ford reduced the average amount of water used to make each vehicle by 8.5
percent between 2011 and 2012 – putting the company more than halfway toward
its current goal of using an average of just 4 cubic meters per vehicle
globally by 2015.

Since 2000, Ford has reduced the amount of water it uses in everything from
cooling towers to parts washing and paint operations by 10.6 billion gallons,
or 62 percent. That's equal to the amount of water used by nearly 99,000 U.S.
residences annually, or enough to fill 16,000 Olympic-size pools. Ford's
reduced consumption rates mean even more to regions around the world
struggling with water-related issues like drought and extensive population

Ford's water reduction success is a result of the company's commitment to
reduce the amount of water it uses by aggressively monitoring and managing
just about every drop of water going into and out of its facilities and
properties, says Andy Hobbs, director, Environmental Quality Office.

Since 2000, Ford decreased the total amount of water used around the world
annually from 64 million cubic meters to 24 million cubic meters.

"That's about 10.6 billion gallons of water that was conserved and went to use
somewhere else," says Hobbs. 

Ford voluntarily launched its Global Water Management Initiative in 2000,
putting in place ways to manage water conservation, quality and reuse of storm
and process water. Ford's water strategy complements the company's overall
Code of Human Rights, Basic Working Conditions and Corporate Responsibilities.

"Ford recognizes the critical importance of water, and is committed to
conserving water and using it responsibly," says Robert Brown, vice president,
Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. "Many vehicle
manufacturing processes require water and the resource is used at every point
in our supply chain."

Ford aims to use an average of 1,056 gallons of water to make each vehicle
globally – consistent with its overall goal of a 30 percent reduction in the
amount of water used per vehicle between 2009 and 2015. That is slightly more
than the 1,000 gallons fire engine tankers in the U.S. are required to contain
in their tanks. One cubic meter of water is equal to 264 gallons.

Continuing the progress
Ford had a positive impact on the world's water supply in many ways during
2012. The Ford Fund, for example, supported 19 different water-related
projects in China, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, India, Germany and South

One project in arid Southwest China, for instance, involved 60 Ford employees
from Nanjing, who helped eight families build water cellars designed to
capture water during the rainy season to store and use during drier times of
the year.

At the same time, Ford's biggest water-related projects were within its own
facilities and included:

  oCologne Engine Plant (Germany): Decreased water use by 50 percent per
    engine through implementation of a dry-machining process
  oSilverton Assembly Plant (South Africa): Began using a $2.5 million
    on-site wastewater treatment plant increasing the amount of water that can
    be reused by up to 15 percent
  oChennai Assembly Plant (India): Installed a new system that began
    operating in September and allows the plant to recycle 100 percent of its
  oChongqing Assembly 1 and Chongqing Assembly 2 (China): Both plants added
    advanced water treatment equipment to improve recycling. CAF1 recycles an
    average 100,000 gallons daily, and CAF2 an average 65,000 gallons
  oLouisville Assembly Plant (U.S.): Recently replaced parking lot asphalt
    with pervious paving blocks to manage stormwater runoff, helping protect
    nearby bodies of freshwater

These accomplishments reflect Ford's overall approach to water use, which
emphasizes several goals:

  oMinimizing water use and consumption at Ford facilities
  oFinding ways to use alternative, lower-quality water sources
  oPrioritizing water technology investments based on local water scarcity
    and cost effectiveness
  oMeeting either local quality standards or Ford global standards for
    wastewater discharge – whichever is more stringent at each Ford location
  oEnsuring a stable water supply for Ford manufacturing facilities while
    working with local communities to minimize impact

More information about Ford's water use-related efforts can be found in the
company's annual sustainability report that is released annually every June.
The most recent version can be found here.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE:F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

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