February 7, 2006

Ford meets five-year goal for energy-efficient facilities

Dearborn, Michigan – The Ford Motor Company has successfully met its five-year goal to improve the energy efficiency of its North American facilities by 18 per cent, slightly exceeding its target over the period, which ended in 2005. The company estimates the reduction is worth US$80 million.

Among the efforts made were the installation of large-scale networked HVAC systems, air compressor controls and energy-efficient production tooling; aggressive non-production shutdown, cascading of booth air and the reduction of booth humidity in paint departments; a geothermal project at the Lima, Ohio engine plant that uses naturally-cooled quarry water for cooling operations; and a 4.7 per cent reduction in electricity consumption at Ford’s commercial office buildings and research centre.

Based on the program, Ford is applying for a prestigious Energy Star “Partner of the Year” award from the U.S. government, and is setting a goal of reducing energy consumption by one per cent each year for the next five years.

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