In addition to making its vehicles more efficient, Ford wants to help its dealers cut down their energy use and has teamed up with the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI, more information here) to make it happen. At the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in Orlando, FL this weekend, Ford announced a voluntary dealership sustainability program.
When dealers sign up for the program, Ford will send in a team of “sustainability experts” to do an energy use assessment. The automaker will then work with the dealer to craft a plan specific to its needs to cut its energy use. The program is available for both established facilities as well as newer examples. Ford will also provide assistance to store owners to help them apply for and get any available federal and state tax incentives. A pilot program with dealers in New York, Floridan and Nevada will start soon.
Given the similarity in processes across dealers, I wonder whether CMS will be employed…will they go straight to mitigation, or will baseline energy/GHG be the start of a holistic process. I also wonder how this effort is being “sold” to dealers internally… Regardless, it would seem to be a positive move for Ford.