Ford has announced its pledge to become a carbon-neutral firm by the year 2050. This pledge came following the landmark Paris climate agreement, which the automaker company wants to align with. However, experts say that it will be difficult for the firm to reduce its carbon footprint in terms of the cars and vehicles it manufactures. As of now, the company produces tons of greenhouse gases and needs to shrink that emission by multiple folds. It also needs to cut down on whatever pollution it is producing. In times like this, where we need to take whatever steps we can to conserve our environment, this is a huge initiative from the firm’s end.
The automaking company has already narrowed down its points of focus. According to them, most of the carbon dioxide produced by the firm is from three different sources. These three key sources contribute to about 95% of the company’s total production of carbon dioxide. These sources are emissions from the vehicles it produces, emissions from its factories, and the emission from its suppliers. The company is now looking to completely switch to using local renewable sources of energy by the year 2035 for all of its manufacturing processes.
Ford primarily makes vehicles that are high on gas emission. Thus its contribution to climate change will show a great impact on the number of greenhouse gases produced. Studies say that about three-quarters of the emission of CO2 comes from the vehicles that it sells and people drive. According to a sustainability report that the company produced today, it produces about 135 million metric tons of CO2 gas just by the vehicles it sells, and people drive around. This amount is almost equal to what 35 factories using coal as fuel would produce in one year. Ford facilities worldwide produced emissions less than what one coal-fired plant would produce in 2019.
Ford has already made quite some progress towards this goal, start by decreasing carbon emissions from their facilities and dropping it by 14%, which equals to about 138,000 vehicles being taken off the road for a year. The progress towards reducing emissions in cars has been hampered by the Trump administration as it is trying to roll back the fuel efficiency standards. This decision was particularly not welcomed by major automaking firms. Last year Ford, BMW, Honda, and Volkswagen collectively agreed to improve the fuel quality standards by 2026. Over two dozen attorneys in the US have charged reports against the US government due to this rollback plan.
In 2018, Ford announced that it was trying to incorporate electric vehicles in its catalogs by 2022. The news of the firm trying to go carbon neutral by 2050 has come when other companies like Volvo and Volkswagen have made the same announcements. Bob Holycross, Ford’s vice president and chief sustainability, environment, and safety officer said that producing great vehicles and being in business does not have to intersect with saving the planet. He added that “these priorities are independent and mutually exclusive.”
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