At more than 100 years old, Ford Motor Company is one of the largest U.S. based motor vehicle manufacturers. A publicly traded company based in Michigan, Ford's product line includes cars, trucks and automotive financial services. Ford employs more than 280,000 people worldwide. Their business partners include dealers and more than 11,000 suppliers.
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Benchmarking creates common denominators for evaluation of energy use
As a company that has been operating for more than 100 years, Ford has a diversified portfolio of buildings and facilities which vary in age, size and type. To understand the range of energy performance of its facilities Ford uses a variety of benchmarking methods including those offered by ENERGY STAR. To evaluate the energy performance of its assembly plants Ford uses ENERGY STAR's Energy Performance Indicator (EPI). ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager is used to benchmark office buildings including corporate, research and engineering facilities. Using EPI results, Ford created a table to compare all plant scores and discovered that implementation of various energy projects at one of Ford's oldest plants resulted in an efficiency rating typical of new facilities.
Plant Updates Bring Unexpected Returns
Ford's numerous manufacturing plants vary widely in age and construction, but the energy team has found ways to overcome inherent challenges in older facilities. Ford uses ENERGY STAR's Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) to benchmark assembly plants, and Portfolio Manager to benchmark office buildings which have corporate, research and engineering facilities. Ford created an EPI results table to compare all facilities, and discovered that the implementation of various energy projects at one of Ford's oldest plants resulted in an efficiency rating typical of new facilities. Ford helps employees to understand benchmarking scores through an "EPI Single Point Lesson" which gives an on-line overview of the tool in one sitting.
The corporate energy team reviews EPI scores with each plant's energy team to test the acceptance of score and determine how to apply findings.