Ford’s manufacturing facilities in Chennai and Sanand have implemented various green manufacturing practices, which reiterate Ford’s commitment to sustainability. Ford’s Chennai Vehicle Assembly and Engine Plant (CVAEP) has achieved a reduction of 16% in terms of energy consumed per car produced.
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CHENNAI: Ford’s Chennai Vehicle Assembly and Engine Plant (CVAEP) has achieved a reduction of 16% in terms of energy consumed per car produced since 2009.Continuous improvement measures have also led to a reduction of 30% in terms of water consumed per car produced, while Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions have reduced by close to 40%, over the same period.
100% of the wastewater is treated and reused within the facility, making this a zero liquid discharge facility. The entire hazardous waste generated is either recycled or co-processed into allied cement industries, making this plant a zero landfill facility.
Other notable green practices at the plant include emission control initiatives, cycle time reduction projects, reduction of waste in packaging material, switching over to LED lighting, regulating air conditioning systems, installation of solar heaters and effective use of sunlight in the factory floor.
The Chennai plant was adjudged as the Excellent Energy Efficiency Unit at the 15th CII National Energy Management Awards in 2014, out of a 100 shortlisted companies, in recognition of the plant’s various energy-saving initiatives.
Similarly, the paint facility at Sanand will use Ford’s innovative three-wet paint process that allows three coats of paint to be applied and dried simultaneously. The energy efficient process significantly reduces wastage, energy consumption and helps in lowering paint shop carbon-dioxide emissions by up to 25 percent.
1.0L EcoBoost engine – The latest green invention Ford’s commitment to the environment is reflected not only in its manufacturing processes, but also in its vehicle and engine offerings. Ford’s vision to offer products that help conserve the environment by reducing harmful emissions has led to the development and use of the ingenious and green 1.0L EcoBoost, Ford’s global powertrain technology that features a light turbo that takes less effort to spool up and as a result reduces the intake of fuel and saves running cost.
Ford’s EcoBoost engine combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing to gain fuel economy of up to 20 per cent more compared to larger engines, with no loss of performance.
More than 2 million consumers around the world have opted for EcoBoost powered vehicles. The 1.0L EcoBoost engine was unanimously awarded the ‘International Engine of the Year’ award for 3 years in a row in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by a panel of over 82 automotive journalists from across 35 countries.
Corporate Social Responsibility Ford defines sustainability as a business model that creates value, consistent with the long-term preservation and enhancement of environmental, social and financial capital. Extending its ONE Ford approach to it community outreach efforts, Ford India recently launched Thooimai Bharatham (Clean India), a project aimed at creating a sustainable
environment around the Chennai plant.
This synergy between Ford’s vision of sustainability and the nation-wide Swacch Bharat campaign can truly create a win-win situation for communities. Ford is also working to provide safe drinking water to children in kindergartens run by the government in 70 villages close the Sanand facililities.
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