Two Ohio Honda Manufacturing Plants Earn EPA ENERGY STAR Certification
For the ninth straight year, two Ohio Honda manufacturing plants have been awarded the US Enviornmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the plants performed in the top 25 percent of similar facilities in America for energy efficiency. Additionally, the Honda Manufacturing of Indiana plant in Greensburg overcame its “powdery substance” scare in October and achieved the ENERGY STAR designation for the third consecutive year.
On average, plants that are ENERGY STAR certified consume 35% less energy than non-certified operations, and contribute 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions, as well.
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The two Ohio Honda manufacturing plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio, both found new ways to improve energy conservation in 2014. The Marysville plant began the process of using hydrogen fuel cells on its tow motors and fork lifts, and used LED lighting when constructing a new 138,000-foot consolidation center. The East Liberty plant installed new LED lights as well, and also began the process of replacing 1350-ton chillers with high-efficiency units.
“Every Honda facility makes special efforts every day to improve the energy efficiency of our manufacturing operations, as we continually strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operations,” said Karen Heyob, who leads Honda’s North American environmental sustainability initiatives. “This culture is only achieved by involving every associate in the process, not just delegating the task to certain specialists. When everyone on the job is considering energy efficiency and how they can help the environment, progress is more quickly achieved.”
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The EPA introduced the ENERGY STAR in 1992, and today it can be found on 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet the agency’s strict energy-efficient specifications.