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Honda Reports Environmental Progress for 2019

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In a new 46-page report, Honda has detailed the major environmental impact of its activities in North America and how these have changed compared to 2018.

It’s the 15th annual report from Honda on this subject, and so you don’t have to sift through 46 pages to find the good stuff, we’ll summarize all the best bits for you below.

Over the period from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, Honda managed to do the following:

  • Reduce solid waste from manufacturing activity by 4.2 percent, down to a 157 kg per automobile, the lowest level in five years
  • Reduce total water use by 3.9 percent
  • Recycled 99 percent of the waste from its 12 parts warehousing and distribution centers in the US, and sent less than one percent of its total waste to landfills
  • Reduced CO2e emissions of car production by 5.3 percent (now down 27 percent over the last nine years)
  • Reduced the average CO2 emissions of its cars by 1.3 percent
  • Increased the average fuel economy of its fleet by 1.3 percent, or 0.5 mpg (it currently stands at 38.6 mpg, compared to the industry average of 32.7 mpg)
  • Implemented a new solar energy system at its sales headquarter in Torrance, CA
  • Derived more than 10 percent of the power at its transmission manufacturing plant in Ohio from two wind turbines

“We are determined to continue reducing the environmental impact of our products and operations,” said Shinji Aoyama, president and CEO of American Honda Motor and Honda North America. “Through our environmental initiatives, we will work toward our long-term vision for a zero-carbon society, while creating products that satisfy our customers and fulfill our commitment to use technology to help people.”

Honda’s report follows the announcement that to slash CO2 emissions even further, the manufacturer has entered into a long-term virtual power purchase agreement for renewable wind and solar power, which will cover more than 60 percent of the electricity Honda uses in North America.