Ford uses LED lighting to improve energy efficiency

Ford Motoring Company has begun the process of installing over 25,000 LED lights at its manufacturing facilities across the globe, which will cut its energy consumption by around 70%.

The company, which ranked top in the Interbrand’s Best Global Green Brands earlier this year, is set to replace all of its current high-intensity discharge and fluorescent lights with LED bulbs, cutting energy consumption as well as lowering annual costs.

The LED substitution is expected to reduce Ford’s energy use by 56m kWh per annum – a 70% reduction in lighting energy consumption, reducing annual energy costs by approximately £4m.

Ford Land’s chairman and chief executive Donna Inch said: “Ford has a deep commitment to the environment. By creating outstanding products, investing in the facilities where our employees work, and using such technology as LED lighting, we are helping to promote a sustainable future.”

Ford’s focus

The firm’s director of energy and sustainability George Andraos explained how the switch to LED lighting helps to ensure Ford will meet its target. He said: “Moving to LED gives us impressive efficiency improvement. Ford worked closely with its scientists and suppliers to investigate and closely follow the rapid development of LED lighting.”

In 2011, Ford began an intensive programme to decrease its energy use by 25% per vehicle produced at its factories by 2016, a target that they are likely to achieve, having already attained 20% energy efficiency.

In June edie reported on Ford’s coalition with global food processing company Heinz to explore the use of tomato fibres in developing bioplastic materials that can be used in vehicle manufacturing.

In the same month, the car manufacturer announced that it was setting a new long-term water reduction target, having hit its 2015 goal two years ahead of schedule.

Lois Vallely

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