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Mid-term plans

● Formulating detailed plans for fiscal 2014

In our effort to minimize CO2 emissions and all other environmental impacts stemming from our products, we created a detailed mid-term plan for product-related environmental initiatives through fiscal 2014. By following this plan, we will not only increase the energy efficiency of our products but also make improvements across their life cycles by practicing sustainable design for improved 3R performance, reducing emissions from products, and carrying out stricter management of substances of concern used in our products.
Recognizing the significant impact that our business activities have on the environment, we likewise formulated a detailed mid-term plan for operations-related environmental initiatives, with the end goal of realizing the Honda Environmental and Safety Vision. By following this plan we will reduce product life-cycle CO2 emissions, reuse and recycle more resources, and strive to minimize water use, among other activities. Believing that these initiatives should cover all our business activities, including our supply chains, we will actively promote environmental management at our suppliers, focusing especially on greenhouse gas emissions.

Mid-term plans and results for product-related environmental initiatives

Milestones on the road to 2020 Mid-term plans for product-related environmental initiatives (FY2012 - FY2014)
Climate
change and
energy
Achieve global targets for
reducing average product CO2
emissions, with the end goal
of steadily reducing product
life-cycle emissions over the
long term

1

Achieve best-in-industry fuel efficiency and accelerate technology penetration:

Motorcycles: Expand use of electronic fuel-injection system (PGM-FI) and low-friction engines, especially in commuter vehicles Automobiles: Phase in upgrades to engine and transmission lineups, starting in 2012

Power products: Expand application of new electronic self-tuning regulator (STR) governor, developed for the iGX engine

2

Establish and deploy next-generation electromotive technologies:

Motorcycles: Market electric motorcycles that meet local needs in developed (Japan: leased) and emerging (China) countries

Automobiles: Launch multiple models (especially compact vehicles) equipped with IMA hybrid technology in Japan; currently developing mid-size and larger plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles, with plans to launch products in Japan and the U.S. and commence production in China in 2012

Power products: Improve electric lawnmowers and expand lineup through model additions, especially in Europe

Market new products to
reduce CO2 emissions from
mobility and other products

3

  • ・ Launch new thin-film solar cell modules with world’s highest module conversion efficiency and deploy technology globally
  • ・ Conduct demonstration testing of next-generation personal mobility systems in cities in Japan, the U.S., and China
  • ・ Through joint-implementation of the E-KIZUNA Project with Saitama City, conduct demonstration testing of the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS) with an aim to cut household CO2 emissions by 50% from 2000 levels by 2015
Material and
water resources
Ramp up 3R efforts

4

Products: Continue to promote structural design with an emphasis on weight reduction; higher throughput yields; easier recycling and maintenance; and sustainable design with an emphasis on easily recycled materials and use of recycled resins
Substances of
concern
Reduce exhaust emissions

5

Steadily reduce exhaust emissions to comply with tighter emission regulations in various countries
Manage substances of concern
used in products more strictly

6

  • ・ Promote management of substances used in products and find alternatives to substances of very high concern
  • ・ Operate global management systems for substances used in products to comply with applicable regulations in various countries

Results of fiscal 2013 initiatives
Climate
change and
energy

1

Motorcycles: Launched the Super Cub 50 equipped with a high-efficiency engine that employs extensive low-friction technologies (May 2012)
Launched the PCX150, a next-generation compact scooter equipped with an engine with enhanced durability, quietness, and fuel efficiency (June 2012)

Automobiles: Launched an Accord for the North American market equipped with a newly developed engine and CVT that realizes top-class fuel efficiency (September 2012)
Launched a Civic for the European market equipped with a diesel engine incorporating extensive efficiency improvements and weight-reduction technologies
(December 2012)
Launched a Civic for the South American market that employs the FFV technology FLEX one, eliminating the need for a secondary fuel tank (February 2013)

Power products: Launched new gas-powered products to support energy diversification: the EU9iGP propane gas-powered portable generator (August 2012); and the
S alad CG FFV300 tiller, which runs on butane gas canisters (March 2013)

2

Motorcycles: Continued leasing the EV-neo electric scooter
Continued sales of the Kushi, an electric bicycle for the Chinese market

Automobiles: Launched the Accord PHEV (North America, January 2013) and Accord Hybrid (Japan, June 2013) equipped with Sports Hybrid i-MMD
Began leasing the Fit EV in Japan (August 2012) and the U.S. (July 2012)

Power products: Launched Miimo, a robotic lawn mower equipped with a lithium-ion battery, in the European market (April 2013)

3

  • ・ Japan: In Saitama Prefecture, began demonstration testing of a house equipped with the Honda Smart Home System (April 2012)
  • ・ Continued demonstration projects using next-generation personal mobility systems in cities in Japan, the U.S., and China
Material and
water resources

4

  • ・ Reduced the weight of parts in automobiles by employing tailored blanks and technologies for joining dissimilar metals such as steel and aluminum
  • ・ Built a system for extracting rare earths from used nickel metal hydride batteries from hybrid vehicles and recycling them as material for new nickel metal hydride batteries
Substances of
concern

5

Made consistent efforts to reduce exhaust emissions to comply with tighter emissions regulations in various countries

6

  • ・ Continued to promote the management of substances used in products and find alternatives to substances of very high concern
  • ・ Continued to operate global management systems for substances used in products, to comply with applicable regulations in various countries and reduce risk

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