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Ford of Britain 100: Image of the week - 12

Ford of Britain 100: Image of the week - 12

To celebrate the centenary of Ford of Britain in 2011 the company is exploring its photo archive to reveal rarely seen images. Ford's unique relationship with Britain and its society will be illustrated each week by specially selected pictures.

After a century of manufacturing Ford know a thing or two about sustainable production. While Ford customers enjoy low emissions from the cars and vans they drive, the plants building Ford products are also doing their bit for the environment.

This week's image shows Ford Bridgend in Wales, home of the high-technology, low CO2 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine. Across the roof of Ford Bridgend 25,000m2 of solar panels generate around 110,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to light an area 10,000m2.

Bridgend's installation was the first of its kind at any car plant in the world and today Ford plants globally utilise solar panels, wind turbines, water recycling and a host of energy saving measures to reduce global emissions and ensure a sustainable future.