August 24, 2007
Ford of Europe publishes industry’s first product sustainability index report
Cologne, Germany – Ford of Europe has published its Product Sustainability Index (PSI) report, which it says is a first for the automotive industry. The report assesses how the environmental, social and economic impact of vehicles can be addressed from the earliest stages of their development. The report can be found at.
The company says that its all-new Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy were designed with PSI in mind, to provide improved sustainability performance when compared to the previous models.
The report tracks eight product attributes identified as key sustainability elements of a vehicle: life cycle global warming potential, life cycle air quality potential, the use of sustainable materials, substance management, exterior noise impact, safety, mobility capability, and life cycle ownership costs. The PSI reflects work dating back to the early 1990s, when Ford became the first automotive company to issue global Design-for-Recycling Guidelines in 1993 for its engineers and suppliers.