Ford Motor has taken yet another important step to reduce carbon dioxide emissions globally and became the first auto manufacturer, to join a voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program in India. Ford has already participated in similar programs in the U.S., China, Mexico, Canada, Argentina and Brazil. Ford’s participation in such environmental friendly programs reveals its seriousness in the matter. The company has planned to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% per vehicle by the year 2025. Andy Hobbs, director of the company’s environmental quality office said: “Ford is pleased to be the first automaker to participate in the voluntary India greenhouse gas reporting program.” India’s program is a joint effort between The Energy and Resources Institute, World Resources Institute and the Confederation of Indian Industry.
“Ford India is committed to bringing fuel-efficient and safe vehicles to India that our customers want and value. And we are growing our manufacturing capabilities in India in an environmentally responsible way as part of our One Ford plan,” said Joginder Singh, president and managing director, Ford India. “Ford is proud to be the first automotive company to join the voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program in India, and this is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to sustainability of manufacturing operations globally.” Vivek P. Adhia, Senior Associate – Climate & Energy, WRI India said: “Indian Industry has set a powerful precedent in the region, by collaboratively engaging on a multi-stakeholder platform to take the next leap on GHG measurement and management. The program would strive to promote climate stewardship and innovation that would merge core business benefits along with environmental and social agenda.”
Ford has developed and implemented technologies, products and processes at its manufacturing facilities that are designed to reduce emissions and help to keep CO2 levels in the earth’s atmosphere at or below 450 parts per million. Leading scientists, governmental agencies and businesses say this is a goal that must be met to avoid the serious effects on climate change. Ford has already reduced CO2 emissions by 47% since 2000. Reducing CO2 emissions is a key component of Ford’s 14th annual sustainability report titled “Blueprint for Sustainability: Our Journey Continues.”