Honda have released their fourth annual North American Environmental Report that you can read online. But why should you care?
It’s a report that (almost) regardless of content I’m very pleased a vehicle manufacturer produces. They are quite proud of it, in fact sending me a copy and asking for my opinion on it. Besides making me feel special (along with hundreds of others no doubt) it is actually quite interesting. Admittedly I haven’t read many others to compare it to but it’s an easy read. Divided into three sections, it gets good in section three – Reducing Honda’s Environmental Footprint. Admittedly corporate rhetoric and unnecessary language is abound but these days I found myself getting used to it a little too easily.
Clearly the best thing Honda could do for the environment is stop producing cars. However that’s not a practical or realistic solution, and while I found the Powersports vehicles section strangely amusing there have been some nice advances made, and planned for the future (from the parts I read at least). Some points that Honda were keen to highlight if you don’t want to read it yourself:
– The U.S. corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) for model year 2007 Honda and Acura cars and light trucks rose to 29.5 miles per gallon, the highest level in five years, based in part on the expanded application of fuel-efficient technologies like i-VTEC® variable valve control for 4- and 6-cylinder engines, and second-generation VCM™ (Variable Cylinder Management™) for V-6 engines.
– Three Honda facilities in North America attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in FY2008, joining two existing green buildings. Three additional facilities – two in the United States and one in Canada – will seek LEED certification in FY2009.
– An industry-high 81% of automobile were shipped by rail, the most fuel-efficient means of product transportation. CO2 emissions from automobile transport were reduced by 5,493 metric tons through the use of more fuel-efficient Auto-Max rail cars.
– A $7 million renovation of Honda’s Ohio product distribution center improved efficiency and reduced consumption of diesel fuel by more than 500,000 gallons.
– Promotion of “green factory” practices to more than 650 North American OEM supplier partners helped lead 85% of suppliers to be third-party certified to ISO 14001 environmental management standards in FY2008, up from 80% in the previous fiscal year.
You can read Honda’s North American Environmental Report report here.