Ford expands green supply chain programme

Ford has expanded its programme for reducing the environmental footprint of its supply chain. The Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) initiative, which originally focused on water and energy conservation, […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Ford has expanded its programme for reducing the environmental footprint of its supply chain.

The Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) initiative, which originally focused on water and energy conservation, now also shares and encourages best practices for waste, Carbon Dioxide and air emission reductions.

The vehicle manufacturer suggests it could lead to global Carbon Dioxide reductions of nearly 500,000 tonnes globally in the next five years, equivalent to eliminating the emissions of more than 50,000 homes annually.

Ford advises its partners optimise cooling tower operation, reduce compressed air usage in manufacturing operations and eliminate ‘single pass’ cooling systems.

It also suggests simpler practices such as switching to LED bulbs.

Last year, a second select group of suppliers were invited to join the voluntary programme, bringing the number of participating companies to more than 40 in two years.

PACE now has the potential to impact nearly 1,100 supplier sites in more than 40 countries.

Mary Wroten, Senior Manager of Ford Supply Chain Sustainability, said: “As a company, it’s important that we make quality products and minimise the impact on the environment by doing things the right way.

“Having suppliers that want to share that responsibility shows we can work together to reduce our collective environmental footprint, while still continuing to deliver great products.”

Ford is also launching a multi-million pound project designed to help improve air quality in London.