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Honda Releases Environmental Report

Honda has released an environmental report(PDF) covering the performance in North America of the company’s automobile, power sports and power equipment products, its 14 major manufacturing plants, and the corporate activities of 15 Honda group companies in the region.

Findings include:

  • 13 of the 14 major North American manufacturing plants operating during FY2007 were third-party certified to the ISO 14001:2004 environmental management standard.
  • CO2 emissions from automobile manufacturing increased about 37 percent to 1.07 million metric tons from an FY2001 baseline of 0.78 million metric tons, due in large part to increased production activity.
  • CO2 emissions intensity, as measured by average CO2 emissions per automobile produced, increased slightly from the FY2001 baseline of 709 kg to 711 kg in FY2007, but fell from a seven-year high of 761 kg in FY2005.
  • Total energy used for each automobile produced fell 4.5 percent to 6.6 gigajoules from an FY2001 baseline of 6.9 gigajoules, due to ongoing efforts aimed at improving energy efficiency, as well as more efficient utilization of production capacity.
  • Emissions of volatile organic compounds from auto body painting (accounting for roughly 60 percent of all manufacturing-related VOC emissions) declined from a seven-year high of 28.7 grams/meter2 (g/m2) in FY2001 to 15.6 g/m2 in FY 2007.
  • Auto-specific chemical releases, reported to the TRI and NPRI inventories for U.S. and Canada manufacturing facilities, declined 45 percent on a per-auto basis from FY2000 levels. Total chemical release fell 27 percent in the same time period.
  • Water consumed for each automobile produced in North America fell 7.6 percent to 730 gallons in FY2007 from 790 gallons in FY2006, but was up from the FY2001 baseline of 700 gallons.
  • Waste to landfills per automobile produced fell 66 percent to 5.9 kilograms in FY2007 from a seven-year high of 17.4 kg in FY2001, as four Honda plants achieved zero waste to landfills.
  • 80 percent of Honda’s more than 600 North American OEM suppliers are now third-party certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
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