In the US, the Department of Energy (DOE) will recognise Ford Motor Company for joining their Better Climate Challenge. Ford has committed to reducing portfolio-wide greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing facilities in the US by 50 percent within the decade.
As part of President Biden’s government-wide effort to meet the country’s global climate commitments, the Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge encourages organisations to set ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. Hopefully, more automakers in the US will follow Ford’s lead.
At COP26, the DOE announced that Ford was an inaugural partner and the first automaker to join the initiative. Ford is moving towards an electric future and launched its first electric vehicle (EV) last year with the Mustang Mach-E. The company followed this with the E-Transit and the F-150 Lightning pick-up.
Ford’s new electric pick-up has been a bit hit and received 44,500 order in the first two days following its launch. Earlier this year the company announced they would be almost doubling production of its new electric pick-up because there had been such huge demand for the electric version of the most popular vehicle in the US.
Last spring Ford announced steps towards carbon neutrality and set significant emissions goals for 2035. The company also announced it aims for the company to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
John Savona, Ford vice president of manufacturing and labour affairs, said: “Ford is taking leadership of the EV revolution. We’re electrifying our most iconic and popular vehicles, like the F-150 Lightning, Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit.
“But our commitment to combatting climate change goes far beyond our exciting electric product lineup. We’re proud to be the first automaker to join the Better Climate Challenge and to continue our commitment to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from our US manufacturing facilities
“We’re acting now to develop an ultra-efficient, closed-loop manufacturing system, creating jobs here in the United States. And we’re sharing what we learn to help other businesses and drive to a zero-emissions transportation future that’s good for people, good for business and good for the planet.”