Ford’s eco-efficiency drive ‘making progress’

Ford has claimed that its eco-efficient vision is paying dividends at its production plant at Dagenham, with CO2 savings being made and waste being diverted from landfill sites.

The manufacturer’s engine production centre is saving 6,500 tonnes of CO2 per year by using wind turbines and has also prevented over 12,600 tonnes of waste being sent to landfill sites for disposal.

Dagenham is Ford’s only wind-powered plant, utilising 3.6-megawatt turbines that generate over six million kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity.

The manufacturer is targeting production of one million engines a year at the base by 2009.

Ford’s 1.4/1.6-litre engine line, which commenced production with the target of achieving best-in-class environmental protection, recently received a premier award from the Business Commitment to the Environment group.

The automaker itself was also nominated for a Business in the Community award.

Stuart Burn, technical specialist with Ford, said: "We are delighted that our eco-efficient production at Dagenham is recognised. Not only are we minimising Dagenham’s environmental impact, we are also helping the consumer.

"Ford Fiesta models powered by these new 1.4 and 1.6-litre engines emit under 120g CO2/km – putting them in the £35 road tax category."

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