As unexpected as it may seem on a busy industrial site, Ford’s Dagenham estate is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna.
More than 50 types of birds now nest on the site that has manufactured more than 37 million engines and 11 million cars since 1931.
Employees help to maintain and improve this local habitat by keeping waterways clear, restocking fish supplies, and planting more than 10,500 trees over the past 20 years.
“The wildlife habitat on the Dagenham estate covers a large part of the site, and its significance is highly ingrained into the culture at the plant.
“For example, new drivers on site are warned to be aware of wildlife crossing the roads – and we work closely with the Forestry Commission and London waterways charity Thames21,” said senior site supervisor Tony Shade.
The site includes the Breach, a natural lake, formed when the River Thames burst its banks more than 300 years ago, and the River Beam. In addition to housing one of the largest wader roost locations in London, the 620-acre area counts powerful and fast- flying peregrine falcons, swans and Canada geese among its residents and visitors.
However, it is not just birds that call the Dagenham estate home, with the UK’s fastest declining mammal, the protected European water vole – often mistakenly called a rat - and the rare Adonis ladybird also inhabiting the East London site which today manufactures a range of technologically advanced diesel engines, including the 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue engine, on a state-of-the-art production line.
The Dagenham estate features in Ford’s 18th annual Sustainability Report partly because in the last year it has reduced water and energy consumption per engine produced by over 50 per cent, with water use per engine among the lowest at any Ford manufacturing facility worldwide.
Like every Ford manufacturing facility in Europe, both Dagenham and Bridgend Engine Plant have achieved zero-wasteto-landfill status. Ford expanded its true zero-waste-to-landfill programme to 82 Ford facilities around the world – 49 manufacturing facilities and 33 nonmanufacturing facilities – where absolutely no waste goes to landfill.
The sustainability report also details year-over-year progress and goals around the company’s work in the areas of improving safety and fuel economy, reducing manufacturing carbon dioxide, the Company global electrification strategy and more.
For the eighth year in a row, Ford was named to Ethisphere Institute’s “World’s Most Ethical Company” list – the only automaker to achieve this recognition.
In Europe, Ford aims to improve air quality with “all makes” scrappage schemes for older, more polluting vehicles.
In the UK, a new Ford car and van scrappage scheme offers customers incentives of up to £7,000 to trade-in any vehicle registered up to and including 31 December 2009 (pre Euro 5) against a selection of latest generation Euro 6 petrol and diesel models.
Ford vehicles today are the Company’s cleanest ever. The multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine in the allnew Ford Fiesta delivers emissions as low as 97g/km of CO2.