This week Ford Motor Company was the only automaker to have their company profiled in the Michigan Blue Economy Report. The report, compiled to encourage continued growth of the state’s already blue economy, highlights Michigan’s efforts to be the world’s freshwater and water innovation capitol.
In 2000, Ford began their Global Water Management Initiative, designed to reduce their water impacts. Over the last 15 years, this initiative has evolved to include not only Ford’s water footprint, but to address water concerns affecting supply chain and broader communities.
According to the latest 2013/14 sustainability report published by Ford, they set a goal of reducing water usage by 3 percent year-over-year. They built on that initial goal in 2011 by adding a 30% reduction globally in water used to produce each vehicle between 2009 and 2015. They met it two years ahead of schedule in 2013.
Between 2000, the start of the Global Water Management Initiative, and 2013 Ford has decreased the total of water used globally in their facilities to 25 million cubic meters, down from 64 million. This is a decrease of 61% and a total of more than 10 billion gallons of water. They have cut water usage in all aspects from cooling towers, paint operations and washing parts.
Water is a critical global resource and it is important all companies be good stewards of it. Seeing the progress Ford has made is quite exciting. Hopefully not only automakers, but corporations around the globe, will adopt more aggressive conservation practices that lead to a significant decrease in water usage.
Congratulations to Ford for their profile in the Michigan Blue Economy Report.