December 8, 2004
Union of Concerned Scientists names Honda ‘Greenest Automaker’
Torrance, California – The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has named Honda as the 2004 Greenest Automaker in the organization’s biennial ranking of car manufacturers’ environmental performance. It’s the third consecutive number one ranking of Honda in the UCS study.
Compared with the UCS’s 2002 findings, Honda actually increased its lead over other automakers in reducing both greenhouse gas and tailpipe emissions across the full range of its product lineup. According to the UCS, Honda increased its lead by building vehicles that produce less than half the smog-forming pollutants of the industry average and 18 percent less heat-trapping emissions.
“Honda is in a class of its own when it comes to producing clean cars and trucks,” said David Friedman, Research Director of UCS’s Clean Vehicles Program and lead author of the report.
The UCS study, titled Automaker Rankings 2004: The Environmental Performance of Car Companies, is the third installment of the only comprehensive ranking of automakers’ environmental performance. The report analyzes the six largest automakers in the U.S. market, which together account for nine out of every 10 vehicles sold in this country. The study evaluates data on smog-forming pollution and heat-trapping emissions from each vehicle manufacturer’s fleet using model year 2003 sales information and certification standards. The report rates the pollution performance of the average vehicle produced by each company; total sales volume does not influence the results.