Honda has a tradition of paying attention to the issue of biodiversity, which may be affected by its corporate activities. We began efforts to protect the environment and coexist with local communities from an early stage in our history, including starting to plant trees at plants and recycle and reuse industrial water in the 1960s and launching the Community Forests program in 1976. Hello Woods, which opened at Twin Ring Motegi in 2000, implements a natural environment with an appropriate level of human care and maintenance based on the theme of recreating a traditional Japanese satoyama, or village forest. We also formulated the Honda Biodiversity Guidelines in 2011 based on our past approach to the conservation of biodiversity and associated activities, and we have begun biodiversity conservation initiatives at five worksites in Japan.
Biotopes of a total of about 16,000 square meters have been installed on the east and west sides of the Yorii Plant. These biotopes are the product of planning that took into account the need to avoid dividing valuable wetlands at the nearby Ogawa Plant and interrupting the lives of its wildlife. By conserving the valuable ecosystems that existed in the planned site for the Yorii Plant so that the natural environment that characterized the area in the past could be passed down intact to the next generation, the plant is striving to become a facility in which the local community can take pride.
The biotopes drew on Honda’s Hello Woods initiative. In an effort to ensure that the company can coexist with people, nature, and local residents, and to avoid too much human interference in the biotopes, only the minimum necessary amount of management was practiced during its first three years so as to allow nature to take its course. More active management began after that initial period.
Furthermore, the plant is working to conserve a more diverse natural environment by restoring rundown satoyama village forests through active management. Illustrating the transition from the Community Forests effort undertaken in the past at worksites in Japan to a more evolved biotope program, the environmental initiatives at the Yorii Plant are a first step to realizing Honda’s goal of Triple Zero and coexistence with local communities.
Rare plant and animal species living at the Yorii Plant
Harvest mouse, forest green tree frog, giant purple butterfly, Luciola cruciata, Hynobius tokyoensis, Lefua echigonia, Chinese ground orchid, Lycoris sanguinea, Scirpus fuirenoides Maxim, Cephalanthera longibracteata, calanthe, bur reed, Monotropa uniflora, Penthorum chinense