October 17, 2007
Honda issues third annual North American Environmental Report
Toronto, Ontario – Honda has released its third annual report on the company’s environmental performance in North America, with special emphasis on addressing issues surrounding global warming and energy sustainability.
The report primarily covers the company’s operations from April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007 (FY2007) and examines its automobile, power sports and power equipment products, its 14 major North American manufacturing plants, and the corporate activities of 15 Honda group companies in the region.
“We are pleased to provide this report on Honda’s ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations in Canada and the North American region,” says Hiroshi Kobayashi, President and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. “As Honda’s largest region in the world for automobile sales and production, North America plays an important role in contributing to our company’s global initiative to advance its environmental performance.”
The report notes the following highlights:
- Honda maintained its position as a leader among North American vehicle manufacturers for best fuel efficiency of its Honda and Acura cars and trucks.
- Fully 100 per cent of model-year 2007 Honda and Acura automobiles sold in North America met or exceeded both Canadian and U.S. Tier 2 Bin 5 exhaust emissions standards, without the use of fleet averaging.
- Thirteen of the 14 major North American manufacturing plants operating during the period were third-party certified to the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standard. As a result of Honda’s “Green Purchasing” program, 80 per cent of Honda’s North American OEM suppliers are also third-party certified to the ISO 14001 standard.
- Total energy used for each automobile produced fell 4.5 per cent to 6.6 gigajoules, from a FY2001 baseline of 6.9 gigajoules, due to ongoing efforts aimed at improving energy efficiency and more efficient utilization of production capacity.
- Emissions of volatile organic compounds from auto body painting continued to decline from a seven-year high of 28.7 grams/metre2 in FY2001 to 15.6 grams/metre2 in FY2007, while auto-specific chemical releases declined 45 per cent on a per-auto basis from FY2000 levels.