Green Factory & Green Building
In addition to its ongoing efforts to improve the environmental performance of its automobile, motorcycle, power equipment and aviation products, Honda is working to reduce the environmental footprint of its factories and other facilities through its Green Factory and Green Buildings initiatives. This includes increasing energy efficiency, reducing waste and enhancing recycling activities. Through its Green Purchasing program, Honda also encourages and supports activities by its more than 650 North American OEM parts suppliers to adopt green factory programs.
North American Green Factory Initiatives
* Honda™ Green Factory program encourages every Honda facility to reduce emissions and energy use, re-use more raw materials and recycle manufacturing materials, paper and plastic.
o Honda™ Marysville Auto Plant in Ohio opened a new paint department that reduces waste, and emissions of volatile organic compounds.
o All of Honda™ major North American manufacturing plants have earned third-party ISO 14001 certification for environmental performance (except a new plant “ Honda Precision Parts of Georgia, which has applied for certification)
o Energy use per automobile in Honda™ North American automobile production facilities decreased approximately 6 percent from the previous fiscal year thanks to fuller utilization of production facilities along with ongoing efforts to improve plant energy efficiency, including the use of more energy-efficient light fixtures, use of variable speed drives in paint booth air handlers and motion sensors for turning lights on and off.
o Honda has four zero waste to landfillť plants in North America “ the Alabama auto plant; North Carolina power equipment plant; Georgia transmission plant; and, Mexico auto plant. Honda Canada Manufacturing achieved in April, 2007. Overall, Honda waste to landfill was reduced by approximately 17 percent last year.
* Honda encourages its suppliers to reduce packaging waste, adopt more energy-efficient processes and adhere to ISO14001 certification standards.
* Over 80 percent of Honda™ total North American supply chain is ISO14001 certified.
North American Green Building Initiatives
* Two Honda facilities are LEED Gold level certified by the U.S. Green Building Council
o Central Plant facility at Honda R&D Americas Ohio Center in Raymond, Ohio
o American Honda’s Northwest Regional Center in Gresham, Oregon
* Honda is on track to earn four more LEED Certifications from the U.S. Green Building Council for the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif., the Midwestern Consolidation Center in Troy, Ohio, the Honda Data Center in Longmont, Colo., and the Honda Aircraft facility in Greensboro, N.C.
* Each facility features innovative sustainable concepts in its design, construction and operation.
o A significant portion of construction materials were harvested and manufactured locally, reducing fuel use and emissions associated with shipping.
o Rainwater harvested from the roof is stored and used to flush the low-flow toilets, reducing potable water consumption
o Renewable bio-diesel fuel is used to power the emergency generator with up to a 75 percent reduction in emissions compared to mineral-based diesel.
o Other innovative design features include passive heating and air conditioning system, intelligent lighting system, extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials, and a radiant underfloor heating system.
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