Genuine environmental work at Ford
The market increases its demands for environmentally adapted products and one of the greatest challenges facing the automobile industry is to deliver vehicles that satisfy those demands. Ford considers environmental issues in its production, from the choice of materials to the day the car is disassembled to allow use of components in the manufacture of new cars. All of the company’s production plants are certified in accordance with ISO 14001. This was achieved in 1998 and Ford was the first car manufacturer to obtain this degree of certification. The company conducts comparable processes for its suppliers and is the car company that delivers the most vehicles powered by alternative fuels to the world’s consumers. The process has just begun in the distribution system and GreenZone is the most exciting project with respect to the total environmental adaptation of a car dealership.
”We have around 20,000 retail dealerships around the world and we will learn a great deal from GreenZone, e.g. with respect to energy and water management as well as the unique environmental work conducted by our dealer in Umeå,” says Peter Chadwick, information manager at Ford Sweden.
”Carstedts record in environmental work is impressive. We work actively with environmental issues within the company. Since 1995 we have been involved in a major ethanol project as well as other environmental projects. In our new facility we have succeeded in combining both function and work environment that is without precedent,” comments Ola Borgernäs, managing director of Carstedts in Umeå.
Carstedts have closed systems for handling liquids and has introduced ”the environmental plug” to replace the traditional oil plug. The new plug makes it possible to change motor oil without any physical contact with it.
Source-sorting is done in the workplace so that each fraction goes where it belongs right away. Furthermore, the hydraulic car lifts have vegetable oil and the stock shelves are made of wood. ”We are well aware of the fact that the transportation sector is a serious environmental problem and we’ve made up our minds. We want to be part of the solution,” concludes Borgernäs.