Prime Minister Blair Opens Advanced Dagenham Manufacturing And Learning Centres - Environmental Factors | Part Four

Ford Motor Company set stringent environmental objectives in the creation of the new Centre, which will in the future receive much of its power from wind-driven power generators. Careful design has allowed maximum use of available daylight, supported by energy efficient lighting, heating and ventilation. Other energy-saving devices, such as flat screen monitors and passive infra-red lighting are all employed, while transport around the Dagenham Estate will be by specially provided electric cars.

Attention was paid to environmental concerns with regard to production. The clean assembly process will mean negligible emissions or discharges from the plant, notably through a migration from the hot testing (with the engine running) of engines to cold testing (zero emissions). A 100 per cent reusable packaging system was put in place to eliminate waste in packaging materials and they will only be handled by electrically-powered vehicles inside the plant.

Ford Motor Company is committed to minimising the environmental impact of its new facility, located beside the lakeland habitat for a diverse range of wildlife, which has a newly-installed storm protection system. The Centre is also integrated into public transport systems to facilitate ease of access.

Centre for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence (CEME)

CEME is a prime example of what can be achieved when private and public organisations are united by a common vision. Its focus on engineering and manufacturing skills, together with its all-encompassing ethos of bridging the gap between basic skills, PhD degrees and beyond, provides a vital educational resource on which to build the globally competitive engineering and manufacturing industries so important to the British economy today and in the future.

CEME will help to fulfill Ford's training and educational needs and was jointly developed by the not-for-profit partnership of Ford Motor Company, the London Development Agency, Barking and Havering Further Education Colleges and London Riverside Limited.

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Published 11 November 2003 Melanie Carter

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