China (Inner Mongolia): Holding a tree-planting project in Inner Mongolia
Honda has been engaged in a tree-planting scheme known as the Joyful Forest Project in Hebei Province and the Horqin Desert in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region since 2000. During Phase 1 of the tree-planting project, which took place during the five-year period from 2008 to 2012, volunteers planted 700,000 seedlings in an area of around 467 hectares near Youyi Dam in Xinghe County of Ulanqab, a prefecture-level city in Inner Mongolia. In July 2012, a tree-planting event was held to mark the completion of Phase 1 of the project, with associates of 14 Honda joint ventures in China and members of the media among the 200-odd participants.
A new five-year joint tree-planting project got underway in 2013. The new project will involve afforestation of 467 hectares of land along National Highway 110, also in Xinghe County. The number of participating joint ventures is up from 14 to 16 and funds to cover planting over the five years have increased to a total of RMB 20 million. In 2013, the first year of Phase 2, around 170,000 young trees were planted on 120 hectares with a survival rate of 96.1%.
China (Guangzhou): Holding the Honda China Eco Mileage Challenge Fuel Economy Contest
In October 2013, the Honda China Eco Mileage Challenge Fuel Economy Contest was held at the Guangdong International Circuit. In the contest, participants compete to see who can travel the farthest with only a small amount of energy. From 2011, a new EV division was created for teams to see who could travel the greatest distance using a battery as the only power source, and a Honda-related team, Wuyang-Honda (WHM) won.
A record 150 teams took part in the contest in 2013. In the gasoline division, the Honda Group performed well, with Dongfeng Honda Automobile Co., Ltd.
(WDHAC) coming first with 1,931.275 km/L, followed by Honda Automobile (China) Co., Ltd. (CHAC) and Dongfeng Honda Engine Co., Ltd. (DHEC) in second and third places respectively. The overall winner of the contest, with a new Chinese record of 2,689.621 km/L, was the Tongji University team.
While continuing to support young people as they take up technological challenges, Honda in China will help China address environmental issues and contribute to the development of a mobility society.