Honda Moves Forward in Environmental Impact Goals as Stated in Annual Report

Hon­da released its eighth annu­al report on the envi­ron­men­tal impact of the company’s oper­a­tions in North Amer­i­ca and its ongo­ing efforts to min­i­mize that impact by reduc­ing waste, con­serv­ing resources, and improv­ing ener­gy effi­cien­cy. The Hon­da 2012 North Amer­i­can Envi­ron­men­tal Report cov­ers the fis­cal year that end­ed March 31, 2012. High­lights of the report include:

Prod­ucts – the CO2-adjust­ed fleet-aver­age fuel econ­o­my of Hon­da and Acu­ra auto­mo­biles sold in the U.S. in mod­el year 2011 rose 0.8 mpg, or 3.2%, to 25.7 mpg, ver­sus the pre­vi­ous mod­el year. This com­pares to an increase of 0.2 mpg, or 0.4%, to 22.8 mpg for the total U.S. light-duty vehi­cle fleet dur­ing the same peri­od.

Man­u­fac­tur­ing – the CO2 emis­sion inten­si­ty of auto­mo­bile pro­duc­tion in North Amer­i­ca, at 695 kg/unit, was down 2.0% ver­sus the FY2001 base­line and reduced 4.5% ver­sus year-ago lev­els, pri­mar­i­ly as a result of less car­bon-inten­sive elec­tric­i­ty sup­plies.

• The ener­gy inten­si­ty of auto­mo­bile pro­duc­tion – from elec­tric­i­ty and nat­ur­al gas con­sump­tion, rep­re­sent­ing approx­i­mate­ly 96% of total ener­gy use – was down 4.4% from the FY2001 base­line but was up 2.7% ver­sus the pre­vi­ous fis­cal year.

Waste to land­fills from man­u­fac­turing oper­a­tions was reduced 96.5% from the FY2001 base­line and 57% from the year-ago results to a total of just 1,000 met­ric tons. Land­fill waste per unit of auto­mo­bile pro­duc­tion fell 96.8% from FY2001 base­line lev­els and 48% from the pre­vi­ous year’s results to just 0.8 kilo­grams per auto­mo­bile.

Glob­al CO2 Tar­gets – Hav­ing achieved all but one of its vol­un­tary goals, set in 2006, for a 10% reduc­tion in CO2 emis­sions from both its prod­ucts and pro­duc­tion oper­a­tions (com­pared to 2000 lev­els), Hon­da in 2011 announced a new tar­get: to reduce CO2 emis­sions from the in-use stage of its auto­mo­bile, motor­cy­cle, and pow­er equip­ment prod­uct lines by 30 per­cent by 2020 (com­pared to year 2000 lev­els).

High­lights of the report can be viewed at http://corporate.honda.com/environment/2012-report/. The report is also avail­able for down­load at the site and at Honda’s U.S. media web site at www.hondanews.com.

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