Ford reaches its manufacturing emissions target eight years ahead of schedule
The US-based automotive manufacturing company, Ford, has announced it has reached it’s CO2 emissions target eight years in advance.
The firm set the target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced through its manufacturing operations by 30% per vehicle produced in 2010.
The company has initially intended to meet the deadline by 2025, however it cut emissions “twice as fast as expected”.
Ford is currently working on new targets to meet, focusing on renewable energy, it claims in its annual sustainability report.
The firm cut emissions from manufacturing operations by 3.4mn metric tonnes in the review period – 32% lower than in 2010.
“We've made several improvements to our manufacturing operations - from the lighting we use to plant consolidations - all of which played a role in dramatically reducing our CO2 footprint,” stated Bruce Hettle, Group Vice President of Manufacturing at Ford.
Ford reached its goal by saving energy in it’s factories, through initiative such as installing 100,000 LED lightbulbs and updating paint.
“Introducing technology that allows wet-on-wet paint application and eliminates a drying oven, in more plants has significantly decreased energy use while maintaining quality,” remarked Andy Hobbs, Director of the Environment Quality Office at Ford.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.