Climate change and energy issues are not our only concerns. We also pay close attention to biodiversity as an issue relating to environmental conservation, because our business activities can have an impact on vital natural resources. Tree-planting and water-recycling initiatives at our plants in the 1960s, and our Community Forest program launched in 1976, demonstrate the deep roots of our commitment to environmental conservation and living in harmony with local communities. In 2011, we created the Honda Biodiversity Guidelines as part of the contributions we strive to make to global environmental conservation, a goal set forth in our Honda Environment Statement.
● Our greatest contribution: reducing environmental impacts from products and operations
Resource exploitation, runaway development, pollution, climate change - these and many other impacts of human activities threaten biodiversity. As a manufacturer of personal mobility products, we see our business activities as being most closely associated with the growing environmental impacts resulting from emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and various other pollutants.
We believe that minimizing the environmental impacts that result from our business activities and products represents the greatest contribution we can make to protecting Earth's myriad life forms. We created the Honda Biodiversity Guidelines to set priorities in this effort, focusing our energies on developing environmental technologies and reducing impacts in our business activities, alongside initiatives to operate in harmony with local communities.
1. Develop technologies to reduce impacts on the environment
We will develop technologies to reduce the environmental impacts of personal mobility, since this represents the greatest contribution we can make. Technologies include fuel-efficient and next-generation vehicles, and technologies that harness alternative energies.
2. Make business activities species-friendly
We aim to make our business activities more sustainable in themselves, by releasing less environmental pollutants, including GHGs, waste, and substances of concern.
3. Work to protect nearby ecosystems
We have already gained a wealth of knowledge about how to maintain and restore ecosystems through our Community Forest and Hello Woods initiatives.
Working in collaboration with nearby communities, we will use this knowledge and experience to implement programs to protect local species and make our business activities friendlier to them.
4. Communicate openly with the public
We will endeavor to openly communicate with the public about the details and outcomes of activities we implement from the new perspectives offered by these biodiversity guidelines.