ERJ staff report (DS)
Dearborn, Michigan -- Ford Motor Company said it has more than tripled the size of its program to understand and measure suppliers' carbon footprint.
Ford is surveying the energy use and carbon emissions of 128 global suppliers, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the company's $65 billion in annual purchases. The new group is an expansion of last year's survey population, which included 35 top suppliers. It includes companies that supply vehicle production parts and components, information technology and logistics services.
The suppliers in the 2010 request included companies that make commodities such as seats, steering systems, tyres and metal components, which require more energy to produce and thus have a larger carbon footprint. A key finding from the 2010 responses was variability in supplier readiness to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions.
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Press release from Ford