Torrance, California – Honda has released its sixth annual North American environmental report, which outlines efforts made to minimize the impact of its operations in the region.

“Despite the severe business conditions of the past year, Honda remains strongly committed to innovation and to the continued development of new products and technologies that minimize our environmental footprint and that help address society’s most pressing environmental concerns,” said Tetsuo Iwamura, CEO of Honda’s North American regional operation. “Thanks to the efforts of Honda associates at all levels and in all areas of our operations, we continue to make significant progress in improving energy efficiency, reducing waste, and eliminating potentially harmful substances from our products, product operations and sales activities in North America.”

The report includes the following highlights:

– American Honda’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) for model-year (MY) 2009 rose 1 mpg to 31.3 mpg (7.7 L/100 km), a rise of 3.3 per cent from MY2008 and 7.2 per cent from 2005. This outpaces the company’s voluntary goal, set in May 2006, to achieve a 5 per cent increase over MY2005 levels by MY2010.

– Waste from manufacturing sent to landfills was reduced by 87 per cent from the fiscal year 2001 baseline, and 65 per cent from the previous fiscal year. Eight North American plants achieved zero waste to landfill. The company has a goal of achieving zero waste to landfill for all 14 of its plants in the region by April 1, 2011.

– Total energy use in manufacturing was reduced eight per cent from the previous fiscal year, while energy use per automobile produced rose 2.4 per cent, a result of lower production volumes. The average CO2 emissions per automobile produced rose only one per cent, despite an eight per cent decrease in the volume of automobile production.

– “Intelligent” paint booth technology was implemented on all automobile paint lines in North America, reducing energy used in auto body painting by as much as 25 per cent. Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in painting were reduced 9.8 per cent from 2008 levels.

To see the entire report, visit Honda.

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