Ford has added foam and plastic made from captured CO2 to the long list of recycled and alternative automotive materials they already use in Ford vehicles. What the new technology will save in fossil fuels is staggering. Ford predicts that C02-derived foam will replace 600 million lbs. of petroleum every year.
The reality of carbon pollution is alarming. According to a press release from Ford, every second 2.4 million lbs of CO2 are released into the air around the world. The amount that Ford will save by using CO2-derived foam may seem like a drop in the bucket but it’s still significant.
What’s perhaps even more significant is just how committed the automaker is to researching and implementing carbon-saving measures. Debbie Mielewski, Ford senior technical leader of sustainability, said recently, “At Ford, we’re aggressively developing new, more sustainable ways to produce high-quality products, with an eye toward preserving and improving our world.”
Ford foresees using the CO2-derived foam and plastic in seating and underhood. The new material will join a host of other alternative materials already employed in Ford vehicles. Mirror gaskets contain recycled tires. Carpets contain old T-shirt material and denim. You can find soy foam in every Ford vehicle. There’s even coconut in your Ford vehicle–as reinforcement for the trunk liner.