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Ford becomes first carmaker to report on emissions in India

India has the worst air pollution problem in the entire world, and one of the key sources of its problem is the growing number of vehicles on its roads. 

That’s why it is heart-warming to see that Ford has become the first carmaker in the country to sign up to a voluntary greenhouse gas reporting programme in the country.

The Ford EcoSport-one of the cars Ford makes in India

Beating even China for its poor air quality, India’s air was dubbed the dirtiest in the world by in the 2012 Environmental Performance Index.

For Ford, which has two facilities in Chennai, India, being transparent on its CO2 emissions is all part if meeting its target for global operations reduction in emission of 30 per cent per vehicle by 2025. The company already reports on its emissions  already participates in similar programs in the United States, China, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

“Ford is pleased to be the first automaker to participate in the voluntary India greenhouse gas reporting program,” said Andy Hobbs, director of the company’s environmental quality office. “We look forward to sharing our knowledge and helping to establish greenhouse gas reporting in India.”

India’s programme is a joint effort between the World Resources Institute, The Energy and Resources Institute and the Confederation of Indian Industry.

In India, Ford operates a manufacturing plant that produces the Ford Figo, Ford Fiesta, Ford Classic, Ford Endeavour and Ford EcoSport, and an engine plant that produces 17 variants of gasoline and diesel engines. A vehicle assembly and engine plant complex are under construction in Sanand, Gujarat.

Its facilities in Chennai are equipped to reuse 100 per cent of wastewater generated. The assembly plant has reduced water use 30 per cent per vehicle produced in the last three years and reduced energy consumption 10 per cent per vehicle produced.

“Ford India is committed to bringing fuel-efficient and safe vehicles to India that our customers want and value. And we are growing our manufacturing capabilities in India in an environmentally responsible way as part of our One Ford plan,” said Joginder Singh, president and managing director, Ford India. “Ford is proud to be the first automotive company to join the voluntary greenhouse gas reporting program in India, and this is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to sustainability of manufacturing operations globally.”

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