Ford Is Using 62% Less Water in the Manufacturing Process than 14 Years Ago

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Water may seem like a relatively cheap resource, but the scientific forecast shows that its cost is expected to rise continuously for a number of reasons. Ford claims the company sees water as far more than an environmental concern. Access to clean, affordable drinking water is a fundamental human right and should be protected as such.
A group of corporations have been working on ways to lower their water use, and some of them were praised recently for their results by CDP - a global organization that works to transform the way the world does business to prevent dangerous climate change and protect our natural resources.

Ford Motor Company is among the eight companies that ultimately received recognition out of 400 companies considered by CDP. The world’s only environmental disclosure agency has granted the American automaker the organization’s highest honor for its work on water issues. The full report was unveiled yesterday, as world leaders gathered in Tokyo to discuss global water challenges.

“The business case for action to improve water security has never been stronger or more urgent,” said Cate Lamb, head of water at CDP. “For this reason we congratulate Ford Motor Company for achieving a position on CDP’s Water A-List. Ford is responding to market demand for environmental accountability and at the same time is making progress toward the realization of sustainable economies.”

So what did Ford do exactly? Well, from 2000 to 2014, they cut the company’s global water use by 62 percent, equaling more than 10 billion gallons. The automaker also attained the achievement two years ahead of schedule. Moreover, the automaker introduced several new technologies as well, such as a 3-wet paint process and minimum quantity lubrication. FoMoCo claims both save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per year.

“Our efforts around water have evolved over the years,” said Andy Hobbs, Ford director, Environmental Quality Office. “We have moved beyond merely reducing the water footprint at our facilities, to working more holistically to address water concerns with our suppliers and in the communities in which we work.”
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