Honda Issues Third-Annual North American Environmental Report



    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Honda released its third annual report on the
company's environmental performance in North America, with a special emphasis
on global warming and energy sustainability as two of the most critical
environmental challenges Honda is seeking to address through its many product,
manufacturing and facilities initiatives.
    The 2007 North American Environmental Report primarily covers the
company's operations during the period April 1, 2006 to March 31, 2007 (FY
2007). The report looks at the environmental performance of the company's
automobile, power sports and power equipment products, its 14 major
manufacturing plants in North America, and the corporate activities of 15
Honda group companies in the region.
    "We are pleased to provide this report on Honda's ongoing efforts to
reduce the environmental footprint of our operations in Canada and the North
American region," said Hiroshi Kobayashi, President and CEO of Honda Canada
Inc. "As Honda's largest region in the world for automobile sales and
production, North America plays an important role in contributing to our
company's global initiative to advance its environmental performance."
    The 2007 North American Environmental Report is available for viewing and
download at www.honda.ca/HondaCorp/En.
    Following are highlights of the 2007 report:

    
    Honda and Acura Automobiles

    -  Honda maintained its position as a leader among North American vehicle
       manufacturers for best fuel efficiency of its Honda and Acura cars and
       trucks.
    -  The company has committed to the introduction of new, more efficient
       gasoline, gas-electric hybrid, and clean diesel powertrain
       technologies over the next several years.
    -  Fully 100 per cent of model year 2007 Honda and Acura automobiles sold
       in North America met or exceeded both the stringent Canadian and U.S.
       Tier 2 Bin 5 exhaust emissions standards, without the use of fleet
       averaging.

    Power Sports Products

    -  The company has applied cleaner, quieter and more efficient 4-stroke
       engine technology to the breadth of its North American power sports
       product lineup and is expanding the use of programmable fuel injection
       (PGM-FI) for further improvements in emissions and fuel efficiency.

    Power Equipment and Marine Products

    -  The company has applied 4-stroke engine technology to its complete
       North American power equipment line.

    North American Manufacturing ("Green Factory")

    -  Thirteen of the 14 major North American manufacturing plants operating
       during FY2007 were third-party certified to the ISO 14001:2004
       environmental management standard.
    -  Total energy used for each automobile produced fell 4.5 per cent 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 per cent of all manufacturing-related VOC
       emissions) continued their decline from a seven-year high of 28.7
       grams/meter(2) (g/m(2)) in FY2001 to 15.6 g/m(2) in FY 2007.
    -  Auto-specific chemical releases, reported to the TRI and NPRI
       inventories for Canadian and U.S. manufacturing facilities, declined
       45 per cent on a per-auto basis from FY2000 levels. Total chemical
       release fell 27 per cent in the same time period.
    -  As a result of Honda's "Green Purchasing" program, 80 per cent of
       Honda's more than 600 North American OEM suppliers are now third-party
       certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.
    

    Honda employs more than 35,000 associates in North America and operates
14 major manufacturing plants producing automobiles, motorcycles, all-terrain
vehicles, personal watercraft, engines, transmissions and other components.
Honda annually purchases more than $16 billion in parts and materials from
suppliers in North America.





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