Honda Issues 2012 North American Environmental Report

  Honda Issues 2012 North American Environmental Report

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TORRANCE, Calif. -- December 12, 2012

Honda 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 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)

Honda Issues 2012 North American Environmental Report (Photo: Business Wire)

Highlights of the 2012 North American Environmental Report include:

  *Products – the CO[2]-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 CO[2] 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 logistics” initiatives.
  *Manufacturing – the CO[2] 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 CO[2] 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 CO[2] Targets – Having achieved all but one of its voluntary goals,
    set in 2006, for a 10% reduction in CO[2] emissions from both its products
    and production operations (compared to 2000 levels), Honda in 2011
    announced a new target: to reduce CO[2] 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, CO[2] 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 CO[2] 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 The report is also
available for download at the site and at Honda’s U.S. media web site at

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 (or
by clicking here).

Executive Quote

“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.

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