American Honda Motor Co., Inc., released its fourth annual report on the company’s environmental performance in North America. Average per-unit CO2 emissions from the production of automobiles were reduced 1.7 percent from last year, to about 700 kilograms per auto.
Average per-unit energy consumed in the production of automobiles also fell 1.5 percent from the previous year to 6.5 gigajoules.
Waste to landfills for each automobile produced was reduced by almost 80 percent from the 2001 baseline, to just 1.9 kilograms, as six Honda plants in North America earned the designation of zero-waste-to-landfill production facilities.
CO2 emissions from automobile transport were reduced by about 5,500 metric tons through the use of fuel-efficient Auto-Max rail cars. More than 80 percent of the company’s automobile were shipped by rail.
Three Honda facilities attained LEED certification, joining two existing green buildings. Three additional facilities will seek LEED certification in 2009.
This year’s report adopts a lifecycle assessment model for the reporting of Honda’s environmental footprint.
In August, the company announced that it will price its new gas-electric hybrid vehicle lower than Toyota’s Prius.
Here’s Honda’s environmental report from last year.