TORRANCE, Calif., December 10, 2013 – Honda today released its ninth annual North American Environmental Report. Honda’s ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its products and business operations resulted in a number of significant advancements, including a 9.5% year-over-year increase in the CO2-adjusted fleet average fuel economy[i] of model year 2012 Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S., to 26.4 miles per gallon (mpg); a 16.2% year-over-year reduction in the CO2 emission intensity of automobile production in North America; and an 8% year-over-year reduction in CO2 emissions resulting from the shipment of finished products from factories to dealers in the U.S.
The 2013 Honda North American Environmental Report also details Honda’s ongoing actions to effectively minimize the company’s impact on the environment, including waste reduction, resource conservation and energy efficiency improvement. The report covers the period from April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 (fiscal year 2013) and is published digitally. The 2013 Honda North American Environmental Report is available for viewing and can be downloaded at http://corporate.honda.com/environment/2013-report.
2013 North American Environmental Report Highlights:
¨ Product Development
¨ Sales and Service
¨ In Use
¨ Environmental Business Innovation
¨ Global CO2 Targets – In 2011, Honda introduced a global target of reducing CO2 emissions from the in-use stage of its automobile, motorcycle, and power equipment product lines by 30 percent by 2020 (compared to year 2000 levels).
Additional information on Honda’s environmental performance outside of North America can be found in Honda Motor Company’s Environmental Report, with a focus on the company’s activities in Japan – available at world.honda.com (or by clicking here).
Honda Executive Quote
“We have maintained a strong focus on the fuel efficiency of Honda and Acura products as the single most important step we can take to reduce our environmental impact,” said Tetsuo Iwamura, President and CEO of Honda North America, Inc. “Beyond the products themselves, we are aggressively seeking new ways of applying Honda innovation to realize our vision for a sustainable society and clean mobility. This report is an important part of our effort to be transparent in reporting on our environmental impact and our efforts to achieve Honda’s environmental vision.”
Honda Environmental Leadership
Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. Honda has led the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) rankings of overall vehicle environmental performance since 2000, and a Honda vehicle has topped the list of America's greenest vehicles from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for eleven out of the past twelve years. The company leads all automakers with twelve LEED-Certified "Green Buildings" in North America, and is producing products in North America with virtually zero-waste to landfill. In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, power sports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants. In 2011, the company set a new CO2 emissions reduction targets for 2020, including a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from its products compared with 2000 levels.
The ninth-generation Honda Accord was named as Green Car Journal’s 2013 Green Car of the Year® during the Los Angeles Auto Show. The ninth-generation Accord is the first vehicle to apply Honda Earth Dreams Technology powertrains, with highly efficient 4-cylinder and V-6 engines, a sporty new CVT transmission, and an all-new two-motor gas-electric hybrid system that powers both the Accord Hybrid and Accord Plug-In. The Accord Sedan and Coupe with Earth Dreams Technology achieve both fun-to-drive performance and fuel efficiency at a very high level. The Accord Hybrid with Honda’s new iMMD two-motor hybrid system has a 50 mpg EPA city fuel-economy rating[vi], the highest city EPA fuel-economy rating of any 4-door sedan in America. The 2014 Accord Plug-In sedan has an EPA-rated 115 MPGe combined fuel-economy rating vi in electric-only mode, the highest EPA fuel-economy rating of any 5-passenger, 4-door sedan in America.
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[i] Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2012, published March 2013
[ii] CO2 emissions from the consumption of electricity and natural gas, representing approximately 97 percent of energy consumed in the manufacturing of Honda and Acura products in North America.
[iii] Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2012, published March 2013
[iv] Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975 through 2012, published March 2013.
[v] Honda calculation using U.S. EPA exhaust emissions data. FY00-09 data is based on actual sales, and the 2010 and later data is based on production volumes. Some MY production is sold in later years (ex: a 2009 MY motorcycle that is sold new in 2011) and was omitted by the earlier method.
v Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending driving conditions, how the vehicle is driven and maintained, battery pack age/condition and other factors.
vi 124 city/105 highway/115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 574 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml