|[December 12, 2012]
Honda Issues 2012 North American Environmental Report
TORRANCE, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
today released its eighth annual report on the environmental impact of
the company's operations in the North America region (U.S., Canada and
Mexico) and its ongoing efforts to minimize that impact by reducing
waste, conserving resources, and improving energy efficiency. The Honda (News - Alert)
2012 North American Environmental Report covers the fiscal year that
began April 1, 2011, and ended March 31, 2012 (FY12), and is published
in digital format only. It can be viewed and downloaded here.
Honda Issues 2012 North American Environmental Report (Photo: Business Wire)
Highlights of the 2012 North American Environmental 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.
Purchasing - an estimated 6 million pounds of CO2
emission associated with the transportation of mass production parts
from North American suppliers to Honda plants in the region were
avoided through strategic planning and numerous other "green
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.
Sales and Service - the CO2 emissions intensity of
transporting service parts to Honda's U.S. dealers was reduced 23.8%
over a four-year period (FY08-FY12), including a reduction of 5,076
metric tons in FY2012. American Honda also achieved zero
waste-to-landfill for one of its nine U.S. parts distribution
facilities (10 of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities have
already achieved zero waste to landfill). The company also established
the Environmental Leadership Award "green dealer" program for its U.S.
Honda and Acura automobile dealers.
Administration - in FY2012, Honda earned LEED Gold
certification for its twelfth "green building" facility in North
America, the most of any automaker operating in the region. The
company also completed installation of an 800 cell, 100 kilowatt array
of Honda CIGS thin-film solar cells at the headquarters of its U.S.
motorsports engineering company, Honda Performance Development in
Santa Clarita, California.
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).
In 2012, CO2 emissions from automobiles actually rose 2.9%
versus year-ago levels, due in part to increased sales of larger SUVs
in North America, and reduced global sales of smaller vehicles as a
result of the Great Eastern earthquake in Japan and severe flooding in
Thailand. Automobile CO2 emissions were still down 9.5%
from year 2000 levels.
CO2 emissions from motorcycles and power equipment products were
reduced 24.1% and 13.5%, respectively, from 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.
Additional information on Honda's environmental performance outside of
North America can be found in Honda Motor Company's Environmental
Report, with a focus on the company's activities in Japan - available at
world.honda.com (or by clicking here).
"At Honda, we have made the issues of greenhouse gas emissions and
energy sustainability central pillars of our effort to create new value
for our customers and society," said Tetsuo Iwamura, chief operating
officer of Honda's North American Regional Operation. "This effort
extends beyond our products to include all aspects of Honda business
operations in the region, including the factories that build our cars,
and the operations that support them in the marketplace."
Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to
improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Honda has led the Union
of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle
environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the
list of America's greenest vehicles from the American
Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for eleven out
of the past twelve years. The company leads all automakers with twelve
LEED-Certified "Green Buildings" in North America, and last year
announced that ten of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities are zero-waste
to landfill. In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to
announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet
of automobile, power sports and power equipment products and its global
network of manufacturing plants. In 2011, the company set a new CO2
emission reduction targets for 2020, including a 30% reduction in CO2
emissions from its products compared with 2000 levels.