Energy Performance

Energy Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)17%
Annual (2016)1%
Water Performance
Cumulative (vs. Baseline)-5%
Annual (2016)-5%

Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide source energy use intensity (EUI), and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. Ford's portfolio consists of 22 plants as of 2016. Ford's energy management program emphasizes innovative technology solutions, replication of best practices and non-production shutdowns. With an energy intensity improvement of 16.9% since its baseline year of 2011, Ford is on track to meet its 25% reduction in energy intensity target by 2022. Ford has shared its energy efficiency practices with its global industrial partners and planning to do the same through DOE's Better Plants Challenge Program.


Looking at the percent improvement in energy performance across all facilities can provide insight into how an organization is saving energy. Over 60% of Ford's facilities participating in the Challenge Program have improved energy performance by >15% since the baseline year of 2011. A number of actions taken by Ford at the facility level since 2011 have contributed to its overall energy efficiency improvement, including: upgraded facility lighting systems, upgraded paint process systems, installed advanced computer controls on air compressors, updated heating systems, and aggressively curtailed energy use during extended production shutdown periods.     


Ford produces different products and as a result uses different metrics to calculate plant-level energy intensity. Depending on the plant, Ford will calculate energy intensity in terms of source energy consumed (in MMBtus) divided by number of vehicles produced, number of engines, or power train components produced. The percent change in energy intensity are tracked for each facility on both a monthly and annual basis. Ford normalizes its plant-level numbers to account for changes in production volume and heating and cooling degree days. These metrics are rolled up to the corporate level, with a corporate-wide percent improvement in energy intensity calculated by taking a weighted average of the percent change in energy intensity at the individual facilities.

Ford Motor Company

Better Plants Water Savings partners strive to decrease portfolio-wide water use intensity (WUI), and to increase the percent improvement compared to a set baseline. Ford’s portfolio consists of 24 U.S. manufacturing plants. Ford’s water management program emphasizes innovative technology solutions such as Minimum Quantity Lubrication (MQL) for machining, increasing cooling tower cycles of concentration, replication of water reduction best practices, and the sharing of best practices with its suppliers as part of Ford’s Partnership for A Cleaner Environment (PACE) program. Ford continues to drive water reductions with its new, aggressive, 30% water intensity reduction goal (2015 to 2020) after over-achieving its 2009 to 2015 30% water intensity reduction goal with an improvement of 44%. Ford continues to recognize the importance of community water availability by seeking to achieve zero potable water for manufacturing processes in addition to an aspirational goal of zero water withdrawal for manufacturing processes.