March 22, 2007

Ford earns second consecutive energy conservation award

Dearborn, Michigan – The Ford Motor Company has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star 2007 Partner of the Year Award for Energy Management. It is the first time an automaker has received the award two years in a row.

The award recognizes efforts to use energy efficiently in facility operations, and to integrate superior energy management into the company’s overall organizational strategy.

In 2006, Ford improved its energy efficiency in the U.S. by 5 per cent, resulting in a savings of approximately US$25 million. The company has improved its energy efficiency by 25 per cent since 2000, equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 220,000 homes.

Significant achievements that led to the award included extensive light replacement programs and improved paint processes. The company replaced lighting fixtures with ones that use 40 per cent less energy, and converted incandescent lights to low-energy, long-lasting compact fluorescent lamps across many of its corporate offices, research and development campuses, distribution centres and plants. The company says that it replaced lights at all 22 of its parts distribution centres in the U.S., equating to 50 per cent energy savings in lighting.

Ford was also cited for developing promising new technology in its paint shops, which are historically the largest energy users within an auto plant. Its new “Paint Shop of the Future”, being piloted at its Ohio Assembly Plant, consolidates primer, base and clearcoat applications into a single step, eliminating the need for separate applications, spray booths and ovens. The company also developed a Fumes-to-Fuel process in conjunction with Detroit Edison; the process converts paint fumes into electricity that is returned to the plant’s power grid.

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