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Striving to implement Honda’s Triple Zero philosophy

Honda’s vision for the future

Our vision of zero CO2 emissions, energy issues, and waste

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.

HEPS, Honda’s proprietary environmental performance standard

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).

Trend in number of HEPS-compliant models (global) / Number of HEPS-compliant models by region (FY2013)

Number of HEPS-compliant models by region in FY2013

Reducing environmental impact in all seven business domains

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.

Disclosing Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions
in the value chain

Honda has calculated greenhouse gas emissions from the procurement of raw materials to the production and the sales, and from customer use of Honda products, all the way to the end-of-life treatment of sold products in conformity with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, a series of guidelines outlining how to calculate greenhouse gas emissions that is widely used worldwide. Our attempt marks the first time for an automaker to actively disclose all greenhouse gas emissions in the 15 categories of Scope 3 as defined by the Protocol. This initiative led to Honda's being recognized as an outstanding disclosure company at the CDP 2012 Japan Conference, which was organized by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), a not-forprofit organization. According to the CDP 2012 survey results, Honda's score makes it No. 3 among automakers worldwide, No. 1 among Japanese automakers, and No. 2 among all Japanese companies. Moreover, for the second consecutive year, Honda was also listed as one of only 51 companies in the CDP's "Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index" (CDLI), which features companies that have demonstrated leadership in carbon disclosure. In this way, Honda's carbon performance and disclosure practices have earned outside recognition.

*GHG Protocol: A calculation standard developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). The Protocol augments traditional Scope 1 (direct emissions from operations that are owned or controlled by the reporting company) and Scope 2 (indirect emissions from the generation of purchased or acquired electricity, steam, heating, or cooling consumed by the reporting company) with Scope 3 (covering emissions from sources other than corporate activities, for example raw material extraction, procurement, and transport as well as product use and disposal).

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