Honda has achieved virtually zero waste to landfill at production facilities in North America. Now, Honda's U.S. sales subsidiary, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. has undertaken an initiative at nine parts delivery centers in the U.S. to eliminate waste. Three of these centers, which ship millions of parts each year to dealerships, have already achieved zero waste to landfill through their focused effort in recycling, reusing, and reducing the use of packaging materials. American Honda also has started a Dealer Recycling Program, aimed at achieving the cleanest and most environmentally friendly dealer network in the industry. Although voluntary, most Honda and Acura automobile dealers in the U.S. are participating in the program.
The parts distribution center in Chino, California, was the first to achieve zero waste to landfill
In February 2013, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. initiated a new partnership with SolarCity, America's leading provider of solar power systems for businesses and homes. Through this partnership, Honda is making it easier for Honda and Acura customers and dealers to convert to solar power for a significant portion of their energy requirements and to reduce their CO2 emissions. Thousands of phone inquiries were received in the first five weeks after the launch of the program. The number of contracts reached 473, totaling 1.5 megawatts (MW) of solar power being installed at customers' homes and at dealerships.
A solar power system being installed at a customer's home
Honda Automoveis do Brasil Ltda. (HAB), a Honda automobile production and sales subsidiary in Brazil, announced plans to become the first automaker in Brazil to invest in wind power generation to minimize the environmental footprint of its business activities.
With a goal to begin operation in September 2014, the company will build a wind farm in the city of Xangri-la in Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil (approximately 1,000 kilometers south of HAB's automobile production plant in Sumare, Sao Paulo). The wind farm is expected to generate approximately 85,000 MWh of electricity per year, equivalent to HAB's annual electricity needs for automobile production, and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 2,200 tons annually.
At the press conference
In 2012, Honda Automoveis do Brasil Ltda. (HAB) was granted the Gold Seal by the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program for the best results published in a greenhouse gas inventory1.
HAB gathered special attention in the 2011 program for being the only automaker to earn the Gold Seal. In 2012, HAB released its inventory of GHG emissions from all three scopes, which include direct emissions from its own business activities, indirect emissions from purchased energy use, and all other indirect emissions from its value chain, earning itself the Gold Seal for a second consecutive year.
1. GHG inventory: An accounting or database of all greenhouse gases emitted and sequestered within a given geographical area and time frame, typically on a national and annual basis.
Gold Seal earned in Brazilian GHG Protocol Program