Honda Reports on its Environmental Performance in North America
  • Fleet average fuel economy is 19.8% better than industry average
  • Manufacturing plants reduced waste-to-landfill by 23 percent
  • Parts distribution centers reach all-time high in recycling of waste

Honda has released its 2018 North American Environmental Report (NAER) detailing the company’s environmental activities in North America, and disclosing the results of its efforts over the last fiscal year.

The 44-page report illustrates Honda’s Environmental Vision, its approach to managing environmental activities throughout the company and explains Honda’s views on public policy initiatives as they pertain to energy use and development of alternative fuel vehicles and technologies.

“We continue to make important progress in reducing the environmental impact of our products and our business operations in North America,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president & CEO of Honda North America, Inc. “We have set forth challenging targets, including the halving of our company’s total CO2 emissions by 2050 and the transition to electrified vehicles, an important direction in the future of personal mobility.”

The 2018 NAER is Honda’s 14th annual report on the environmental impact of its operations in North America and covers the period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 (fiscal year 2018). The report has been revised this year and provides more environmental data and policy information, and much of the narrative regarding the company’s progress can be found on the Honda Corporate Social Responsibility website.

2018 North American Environmental Report Highlights:
Product Development

  • Twelve of 15 models produced in FY18 have PVC-free interiors
  • Honda is recycling fabrics, using soybean-based foam as sound insulation in vehicles

Manufacturing 

  • The CO2 emissions from powersports production was reduced 23 percent from a year ago.
  • Waste-to-landfill from manufacturing operations was reduced 23.7 percent.
  • Water use per automobile produced decreased 4.1 percent in FY18

Sales and Service

  • Ninety-nine percent of the waste from Honda’s 12 U.S. parts warehousing and distribution centers was recycled in FY18, the highest rate in company history
  • The CO2 emissions intensity of U.S. service parts shipments fell 4.4 percent from a year ago, and has been reduced 46.6 percent over the past six years.
  • In FY18 more than 210 U.S Honda and Acura dealers received a Honda Environmental Award and combined for an annual reduction of 24,000 tons of CO2

Products In Use

  • The unadjusted fleet-average fuel economy of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S.i was 38.7 mpg in model year 2017 (MY17), outpacing the automobile industry average of 32.3 mpg by 6.4 mpg, or 19.8 percent.
  • The unadjusted fleet average CO2 emissions of the company’s U.S. automobile fleetii is 19.1 percent below (better than) the industry average.
  • The fleet-average fuel economy of Honda motorcyclesiii is up 69.8 percent from the MY2000 baseline.

Additional information on Honda’s environmental performance outside of North America can be found in Honda Motor Company’s Sustainability Report.

Honda Environmental Commitment

Based on its commitment to leave “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of substances of concern (SOCs) and scarce natural resources in the design of its vehicles, significantly reduce the CO2 intensity and water use of its manufacturing operations, continue to decrease CO2 emissions from the transportation of vehicles from its plants to dealers, and expand the involvement of U.S. Honda and Acura dealers as well as powersports, power equipment and marine dealers in its “Green Dealer” program.

These activities reinforce Honda’s goal to voluntarily reduce its total corporate CO2 emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050, compared to 2000 levels. In 2006, Honda was the first auto company to voluntarily and publicly commit to global reductions in its CO2 emissions.

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