Ford joins First Movers Coalition, commits to use 'green' steel and aluminum by 2030

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Ford announced earlier this week that it has joined the First Movers Coalition, a global initiative that aims to support and promote clean technologies as well as to “send a powerful market signal to commercialize zero-carbon technologies.”

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What is the First Movers Coalition?

    First Movers Coalition is a global initiative that aims to commercialize zero-carbon technologies.
  • What did Ford pledge as a new member of the alliance?

    For its part, Ford announces to purchase and use near-zero carbon steel and aluminum by 2030.
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    “Ford has a strong track record of firsts in automotive sustainability, from being the only full-line American automaker to stand with California in support of stronger vehicle emissions standards to being the first automaker to join the Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge and commit to reducing our manufacturing emissions earlier this year. And now as part of the First Movers Coalition, we’re targeting the environmental impact of our supply chain by investing in green steel and aluminum. Together this coalition has the potential to build the future of zero-emissions transportation that is good for people and the planet, and good for business,” said Ford Chief Government Affairs Officer Chris Smith.

    Ford also announces its commitment to purchase at least 10 percent near-zero carbon steel and aluminum by 2030. This aligns with the Blue Oval brand’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality globally across its vehicles, operations, and supply chain no later than 2050 and to reach science-based interim targets by 2035. 

    “Reducing emissions to carbon neutral by 2050 is possible if we invest in the right technologies and bring them to scale within the next decade. By joining the First Movers Coalition, Ford is signaling to the market that we want to work with our suppliers to achieve commercially viable green steel and aluminum. The intent and significance of our commitment today has the potential to help build the net-zero economy,” said Ford Director of Supply Chain Sustainability Sue Slaughter.

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    The Dearborn-based automotive brand already recycles up to 20 million pounds of aluminum each month at its Dearborn Stamping, Kentucky Truck, and Buffalo Stamping facilities. In addition, Ford plans to invest more than US$50 billion globally from 2022 through 2026 to develop electric vehicles and the batteries that power them.

    Ford also took part at the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where the company joined RouteZero. RouteZero is a global coalition that aims to curb global warming by working toward making sales of all new cars and vans zero emissions by 2040 globally and no later than 2035 in leading markets.

    In Europe, Ford announced this March that it is targeting zero emissions for all vehicle sales in the region and carbon neutrality across Ford’s European footprint of facilities, logistics, and suppliers by 2035.

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