Ford Fiestas being produced at the company’s plant in Cologne. Click image to enlarge
Cologne, Germany – Ford has sourced renewable electricity to cover the full power demands of its manufacturing and engineering facilities at its Cologne plant in Germany. This will include the electricity needed to assemble Fiesta and Fusion models at the plant.
The company said that through this initiative, it will reduce its CO2 emissions by 190,000 tonnes per year.
“The Cologne plant initiative is part of our broader approach to minimize the environmental effects, in particular CO2 emissions, of our vehicles during their entire life cycle,” said Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, vice-president, governmental and environmental affairs, Ford of Europe. “It marks a cornerstone in our ongoing efforts to implement a broad portfolio of measures across our European plants, aimed at further reducing the CO2 footprint from our manufacturing operations.”
The power is generated by three hydro-power plants in Norway and Sweden and will be provided to Ford through energy infrastructure service provider Rhein Energie AG. The contract is expected to deliver 480,000 Megawatt hours per year.
In 2004, Ford began use of wind turbines at its Dagenham manufacturing site in the U.K.; the two turbines provide enough electricity for most of the electrical needs of the facility, which produces around one million diesel engines each year.