Ford Motor Company has made leaps and bounds towards cutting emissions and finding greener alternatives in the automotive industry. The CDP, a global environmental impact nonprofit whose environmental disclosure and scoring process is recognized as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency, has placed Ford on their Climate ‘A List’ for the first time. The CDP’s A-List  consisted of 34 other American companies alongside Ford.

“Our people, our customers and our investors expect us to constantly do more to address climate change,” said Bob Holycross, vice president, sustainability, environment and safety engineering. “For more than 20 years, Bill Ford, our executive chairman, has been driving us to act more boldly around climate change. We believe making great vehicles, protecting the planet and maintaining a strong business are dependent on each other and not mutually exclusive priorities.”

Ford made a commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in response to the Paris Climate Accord. As of 2017, Ford fulfilled their goal of reducing their carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30 percent per vehicle. They first made this goal in 2010 and achieved it eight years earlier than they projected.

Eager to keep the momentum going forward, Ford has recently announced a new global Carbon Reduction Strategy for manufacturing. The company is placing significant emphasis on renewable energy while still working towards cutting emissions. Their new goal is to power 100% of their manufacturing plants across the globe with renewable energy by 2035.

“Climate change is an undeniable business risk if unaddressed and we must transition to a low-carbon economy now to avoid the worst impacts,” said BrunoSarda, president of CDP North America. “’A List’ companies know sustainability presents an exciting race to the top, an opportunity to innovate and rethink business as usual, proving that environmental responsibility simply makes good business sense.”

Ford currently has invested $11.5 billion in electric vehicles and launched North America’s largest EV charging network. To encourage hesitant car owners to purchase electric vehicles, Ford plans to create all-electric versions of its most popular models. The Mustang Mach-E is the first to be released this spring followed by an all electric F-150 next year. The response has been overwhelmingly positive as the Mustang Mach-E’s pre-order has officially sold-out and closed down earlier this month.

Bruno Sarda, president of CDP North America said, “Congratulations to Ford for earning a spot on this year’s Climate ‘A List’ – the company is a model for true corporate sustainability leadership.

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