Ford Motor Company accepted its third Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR award this week as it continues to improve its energy efficiency at the corporate level.
This year's ENERGY STAR award recognized Ford's moves to reduce the amount of energy used in manufacturing their vehicles.
Ford is on a roll since 2000 in improving their energy efficiency. Since then, they have improved consumption by nearly 30 percent -- enough energy to power 260,000 homes for a year. By switching to fluorescent lights and motion sensors in 26 million square feet of office space and warehouse facilities, Ford improved lighting efficiency by 50 percent.
Ford is working hard with the EPA and the Department of Energy to become more efficient with energy use in manufacturing, it says. One example they cite is their new technology in applying paint to vehicles; the new method improves the quality of the paint job, while reducing the energy consumption.
“Green” power supplies five percent of Ford's energy needs at this point, but raising that number is neither unreasonable nor out of reach, the company says.