Honda Issues Fourth-Annual North American Environmental Report



    TORONTO, Sept. 16 /CNW/ - Honda has released its fourth annual report on
the company's environmental performance in North America. This year's report
adopts a lifecycle assessment (LCA) model for the reporting of Honda's
environmental footprint.
    The 2008 North American Environmental Report covers the company's
operations during the period April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008 (FY2008). The
report looks at the environmental performance of the company's automobile,
powersports, and power equipment products, its 14 major manufacturing plants
in North America, and the corporate activities of 15 Honda group companies in
the region.

    
    Following are highlights of the 2008 report:

    Honda and Acura Automobiles

    -   The fuel efficiency of 2007-model-year Honda and Acura cars and light
        trucks increased, based in part on the expanded application of fuel-
        efficiency technologies such as i-VTEC(R) variable valve control for
        4- and 6-cylinder engines, and second-generation VCM(TM) (Variable
        Cylinder Management(TM)) for V-6 engines.
    -   All 2008-model-year Honda and Acura automobiles sold in Canada and
        the U.S. met or exceeded stringent Tier 2 Bin 5 exhaust emissions
        standards on an individual model basis, without the use of fleet
        averaging.
    -   Every model year 2008 Honda and Acura automobile designed and
        assembled in North America has achieved 90% or greater level of
        design recyclability(1).

    Powersports Products

    -   Cleaner, quieter, and more efficient 4-stroke engine technology has
        been applied to the entire North American lineup of powersports
        products, including all motorcycles, scooters, all-terrain vehicles,
        and personal watercraft.

    Power Equipment and Marine Products

    -   4-stroke OHV engine technology has been applied to the entire North
        American power equipment product line, including all general-purpose
        engines, outboard marine engines, and lawn and garden products.

    Purchasing

    -   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.

    Manufacturing ("Green Factory")

    -   Thirteen of 14 manufacturing plants operating during FY2008 were
        third-party certified to ISO 14001:2004 environmental management
        standards, including Honda of Canada Mfg's vehicle production
        facility in Alliston, Ontario.
    -   Waste to landfills for each automobile produced was reduced 78.7%
        from the FY2001 baseline to just 1.9 kilograms, as six Honda plants
        in North America earned the designation of zero-waste-to-landfill
        production facilities, including Honda of Canada Mfg's vehicle
        production facility in Alliston, Ontario.

    Product Distribution

    -   An industry-high 81% of Honda and Acura vehicles were shipped by
        rail, the most fuel-efficient means of product transportation.

    Product Recycling (End of Life)

    -   32 new parts were added to the companies list of more affordable and
        environmentally responsible remanufactured service parts.
    -   Efforts to reduce waste from the disposal of automobiles, including
        recycling of all catalytic converters and hybrid vehicle batteries
        collected from Honda and Acura dealers in both Canada and the U.S.

    Green Building

    -   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 - the new Honda Canada headquarters
        building in Markham, Ontario, and two in the U.S. - will seek LEED
        certification in FY2009.
    

    The 2008 North American Environmental Report is available for download as
a pdf file at: www.honda.ca/HondaCorp/en/pdf/Honda2008NAEnviroReport.pdf.
    Additional information on Honda's environmental performance outside of
North America can be found in Honda Motor Company's Environmental Report,
published annually, at www.world.honda.com

    
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    (1) Vehicle recyclability was calculated using Honda's own internal
        methods, based on ISO standard 22628, entitled "Road Vehicle
        Recyclability and Recoverability Calculation Method"
    





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