Ford reducing energy by a quarter in 2016 using energy management

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Leading car manufacturer Ford has revealed that it will have lowered its energy consumption by a quarter (25%) by 2016 with the help of its energy management system, edie.net reports.
 
According to the firm, it is on course to save 800GWh a year from 2011 to 2016, marking a 25% reduction in its energy consumption over just five years. To put this into perspective, Ford highlighted that that figure is equivalent to the amount of energy used to power a city such as Oxford - with a 170,000 strong population - for an entire year.
Following investments of €23 million, a large proportion of the energy savings will be driven by a new energy management system that has been deployed across the company's manufacturing centres in Europe.
 
In Germany, two facilities - based in Cologne and Saarlouis - have already been granted ISO 50001 status for their energy management and efficiency. One system being used at the Cologne site captures heat energy from exhaust stacks in the paint oven, and reuses it to heat the water - this measure alone has saved 16GWh since it was launched in late 2013.
 
Richard Douthwaite, Ford Europe's energy manager, explains that discovering new ways to save natural resources is "an important challenge for Ford," particularly in such an energy-intensive industry.
 
As well as implementing energy management systems to reduce consumption, the car manufacturer is also rolling out a state-of-the-art automated HVAC system across its factories, meaning that energy teams can control facilities - and even individual rooms - remotely.
 
The company is also expanding its efforts to switch to energy efficient LED lighting in its European manufacturing facilities. Last year, more than 25,000 new fixtures were installed, and this momentum is expected to continue.

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