Honda recognizes climate change and energy issues, resource issues, and biodiversity as environmental issues that demand action. Triple Zero is our vision of how these problems can be addressed in the future. A Triple Zero society can be realized by eliminating CO2 emissions with in-house renewable energy to address climate change, eliminating energy risk to address energy issues, and eliminating waste through aggressive pursuit of the 3Rs to address resource issues. Honda also recognizes the theme of coexistence with local communities as typified by the conservation of biodiversity in the process by which this Triple Zero program is implemented.
We will address climate change by striving to eliminate CO2 emissions across every stage from the generation of electricity to the operation of vehicles by achieving an optimal mix of in-house renewable energy technologies such as solar power and bioethanol. We will also address energy issues by striving to eliminate energy risk through the development of management technologies such as the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS), which implements home production and home consumption of energy, and through the skillful use of energy. As an example of a specific step we’re taking to address resource issues, we’re striving to expand the scope of our reduce-reuse-recycle program in an effort to recycle all waste products from our plants.
To provide products that conform to our Triple Zero policy, we categorize and certify products as described below by comparing CO2 emissions throughout the life cycle with previous models to assess how much emissions have been reduced. Products categorized as Hi Efficient Products (with internal combustion engines that operate at increased levels of efficiency), Innovative Products (which incorporate innovative environmental technologies and features to accommodate energy diversification), and Revolutionary Products (which use renewable energy such as hydrogen or solar power) are certified under the Honda Environmental Performance Standard (HEPS).
Early on, we began working to reduce the environmental impact of our corporate activities based on our desire to lower not only CO2 emissions from product use, but also environmental impacts across entire product life cycle. We divide those corporate activities into seven domains: Product Development, Purchasing, Production, Transportation, Sales and Service, Product Recycling (3Rs), and Administration. We believe that the effort to estimate environmental impact factors in each domain and to lower them in conjunction with the environmental impacts associated with use of our products is a key part of realizing Honda’s Environmental and Safety Vision, the successful implementation of which will help us gain recognition as a company society wants to exist.