Ford Motor Company now plans on reducing water usage in vehicle production of up to 30 more percent by 2020, as it takes its next step toward using zero drinking water.

Previously, the company has already saved at least 377 billion liters of water from 2000 to 2015, a 61-percent decreased from previous years. Now, Ford aims to conserve drinking water by nearly three quarters.

“We recognize water is a critical resource, so we established an aggressive 2020 target, building on our successful reduction efforts to date. We are exploring innovative ways to reduce our footprint, starting with our aspirational goal of zero potable water use in our manufacturing processes. From there, we have a final goal of zero water withdrawal for our manufacturing processes,” said Andrew Hobbs, Director, Environmental Quality Office.

The company has achieved its reductions to date through implementing new technologies such as its 3-wet paint process and minimum quantity lubrication, saving hundreds of thousands of gallons of water per year. It also conducts ongoing water assessments to determine where new water-saving processes can be implemented.

Ford's plan to reduce water usage in vehicle production

“With many of our plants located in water-stressed regions around the globe, we’re focused on responsible water stewardship in our operations. We aim to ensure a stable water supply for our facilities, while working with local communities to help ensure their needs are met,” said Bruce Hettle, Group Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Labor Affairs.

Ford set out to reduce water use in 2000 with its Global Water Management Initiative. The company’s strategy aligns with core elements of the CEO Water Mandate, a private-public initiative launched by the UN Secretary General in 2007 and adopted by Ford in 2014.

“Ford recognizes the human right to water. Setting an aspirational goal of zero water withdrawal for its manufacturing processes and endorsing the CEO Water Mandate are all public demonstrations of this. We’ve not only moved to reduce water in our own facilities, but we are now sharing our leading practices for decreasing water use with our suppliers, and multiplying our impact,” said Kim Pittel, Vice President, Sustainability, Environment, & Safety Engineering.