Auto technology supplier Denso is reducing power and water use as part of the Ford sustainability programme
Auto technology supplier Denso is reducing power and water use as part of the Ford sustainability programme

Ford grows sustainable supply chain initiative

7 April 2017

Ford Motor Company has expanded its Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) sustainable supply chain initiative to include waste and carbon emission reduction practices as well as water and energy conservation. 

As part of the programme, Ford provides 350 monitoring tools to help its suppliers achieve their own sustainability goals, and in return suppliers report and share their environmental progress and best practices.

PACE, which already encompasses 40 suppliers, will potentially affect nearly 1,100 supplier sites in more than 40 countries, the multinational motor manufacturer said.

Participating suppliers are set to save an estimated 550m gallons of water over the next five years – enough to fill 837 Olympic swimming pools – according to Ford.

The company believes PACE could also help suppliers reduce carbon emissions by nearly 500,000 tonnes worldwide during the next five years. 

Some of the leading practices identified as part of the programme include optimising cooling tower operation and reducing compressed air usage in manufacturing operations. 

Other practices include replacing incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, installing solar panels and using wind power. 

PACE also features Energy Treasure Hunts, where suppliers allow experts into their own facilities to identify opportunities to save resources.

Ford supplier DENSO, which has been participating in PACE since it began in 2014, said as part of the programme it had set targets for carbon-dioxide reductions in its manufacturing processes.

It was cutting back electricity and water use with efficient equipment, installing closed circuit cooling systems and replacing metal halide lights with T-8 LED lighting.

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