Ford is proving its environmental credentials are as noteworthy as anyone else. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – June 30th, 2016 Ford of Europe has just this year achieved zero waste‑to‑landfill at all of its European manufacturing plants. Eliminating 6,000 tons of waste per year that was previously sent to landfill, compared with 2011 – equivalent to the annual waste discarded by a town of 12,500 people, for the 1.2 million vehicles that Ford produces in Europe each year. Innovative measures employed to achieve zero waste-to-landfill include the briquetting of grinding sludge from the Dagenham engine plant, in the U.K., so that the oil can be re-used in the production process. At the Valencia plant, in Spain, Ford pioneered generating alternative fuel from waste that could not be recycled. The latest plants in Europe to achieve zero waste-to-landfill status are Valencia, and Craiova, in Romania, which join plants in Bridgend and Dagenham, in the UK; in Bordeaux, in France; and Cologne and Saarlouis, in Germany. Andreas Reiss, Manager, Environmental Quality Office Europe, Ford of Europe: Ford recently published its 2016 Sustainability Report, highlighting global achievements in areas including sustainable manufacturing, supply chain sustainability, quality and safety. The company is fully committed to running a responsible business that treats its customers, employees, communities, and the planet with respect. In 2015, Ford in Europe rolled out a new Energy Management Operating System within the Ford Production System, enabling teams to manage demand and remotely control plant energy and heating systems for greater energy efficiency. This is part of an energy strategy that has resulted in a 25 percent reduction in energy use compared with 2011, equivalent to an annual saving of 800 gigawatt hours. Between 2013 and 2015 Ford has also reduced its global water usage per vehicle produced to 1,006 gallons from 1,067 gallons and decreased carbon dioxide emissions per vehicle produced from 0.86 tons to 0.79 tons.