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Honda Environmental Performance Standards (HEPS) and CO2 reduction scenarios

■ Scenarios for achieving zero CO2 emissions

● Reducing CO2 emissions in three stages

To achieve zero CO2 emissions, one of the three objectives of Triple Zero, our aim is to eliminate the life-cycle emissions (emissions from all stages in the life of a product, from its manufacture using raw materials, to customer use, to disposal) of all Honda products, including through such strategies as renewable energy carbon offsets. However, given that many mobility products today still run on fossil fuel burned in an internal combustion engine, zero CO2 emissions is not something we can achieve overnight.
That is why we have developed three scenarios to guide us through steady reductions, and ending with the complete elimination of CO2 emissions. These scenarios, which are to be pursued in parallel, are: 1) Reduce emissions through efficiency improvements of internal combustion engines, 2) Reduce emissions by environmentally innovative technologies and introducing energy-diversification and 3) Eliminate emissions through the use of renewable energy and total energy management (see figure below).

● Honda Environmental Performance Standards

To move our products along these scenarios, in fiscal 2012 we established the Honda Environmental Performance Standards (HEPS), an independent product classification and certification system designed to shed light on how Honda products are contributing to achievement of the three scenarios outlined above. Under HEPS, products are grouped into three categories, each with its own requirements for certification.
By making all new Honda products compliant with one of the three standards, we will make steady progress toward realizing zero CO2 emissions.

Hi Efficient Products

Products that emit less CO2 emissions because of improved internal combustion engine efficiency. This category includes products that incorporate technologies for improving fuel combustion and transmission efficiency and reducing friction between engine parts.
Compliance is determined based on how well a product reduces or helps reduce CO2 emissions during use compared to preceding models.

Innovative Products

Products that emit less CO2 because they use an environmentally innovative technology or alternative energy source. This category includes motorcycles that incorporate Honda's patented Idle Stop System, automobiles that incorporate hybrid technologies or direct-injection engine technologies, and power products with a new electronic governor technology for regulating engine speed. Alternative energy technologies include motorcycles and automobiles that can run on ethanol, and power products that can run on gaseous fuels.
Compliance is determined based on how well a product reduces or helps reduce CO2 emissions during use compared to preceding models.

Revolutionary Products

Products that reduce or eliminate CO2 emissions by harnessing renewable energies or facilitating total energy management. This category includes products that incorporate electromotive technologies or technologies for generating or using renewable energy (e.g., hydrogen fuel for automobiles, solar cells for power products).

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