Staff from the companies joining the HyFive project
In April 2014, Honda and other leading motor manufacturers, hydrogen fuel suppliers and energy consultancies from around the globe signed a €38.4 million agreement coordinated by the Mayor of London’s Office, to develop and demonstrate technology and infrastructure that will help fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to become a viable and environmentally responsible option for European motorists in the future.
The pioneering deal, known as the HyFive project (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles), is the largest of its kind in Europe. Honda is one of five manufacturers who have agreed to deploy a total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles at several European locations and develop new clusters of hydrogen refueling stations.
The potential for FCEVs to become widely available is now seen as increasingly likely as the cost of the technology is reduced and refueling infrastructure is improved. Honda's next generation FCEV will be launched in Europe in early 2016.
Partnership with SNAM in recycling of Honda's hybrid vehicle batteries
In September 2013, Honda Motor Europe Ltd., a Honda subsidiary that manages the import and sales, production and logistics of Honda products in Europe, formalized the long-term partnership with SNAM (Societe Nouvelle d'Affinage des Metaux), based in France, which will be responsible for the European-wide collection and recycling of Honda's hybrid vehicle batteries (high voltage Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) industrial batteries).
The two companies have worked together to establish a European system to ensure the traceability of end-oflife batteries from the moment they are collected from Honda dealers and end-of-life vehicle centers through to the recycling of the batteries. Every battery collected at the end of its life will be processed at SNAM’s facilities.
Each collection point within the Honda network will work closely with SNAM to manage the treatment of NiMH and Li-Ion batteries in accordance with European environmental standards EU Battery Directive 2006/66/EC.
Rain water harvesting system saves about 20,000 tons of ground water use per year
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) installed a highly efficient rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging system at its new plant, launched in May 2013.
As one of Honda’s Green Factory initiatives, the new system collects rainwater from rooftop of the building and stores it in an underground tank to be utilized as industrial water after quality control. Excessive ground water consumption caused by rapid industrial growth is one of the serious environmental issues in India. The rainwater harvesting system is expected to reduce groundwater use by 20,000 tons per year.
Modal shift to railway reduces CO2 emission and time for delivery
In December 2013, Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. switched to using a rail-based transport system for delivery of parts between Thailand (using Thailand National Railways (SRT)) and Malaysia (using Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM)).
Anticipating that its production volume will double by 2016, the company made research and trials to reform its transportation system and found that changing the mode of transportation from trucks and ships to rail has numerous benefits. The use of rail is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 60% and logistic costs by 50% within two years, as well as shorten delivery time to 2.5 days, compared to 3 days for goods transported by trucks and 7 days for goods transported by ship.