All Honda U.S. and Canada auto plant locations have earned the 2023 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star Certificate for Outstanding Energy Efficiency, working toward the company's Triple Action to Zero approach, which includes the global goal to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050.
Honda has had the Energy Star certification since the EPA began awarding the distinction to industrial plants in 2006.
Honda's Commitment to Zero Environmental Impact by 2050
Honda is pursuing its global objective of achieving zero environmental impact by 2050.
This goal is driven by the "Triple Action to Zero" approach, which entails attaining carbon neutrality for both products and corporate activities, utilizing 100% renewable energy, and implementing resource circulation practices.
The latter involves using 100% sustainable materials by reprocessing products into raw materials and reusing them to produce new items.
Through its Green Factory initiatives, Honda is taking comprehensive measures to mitigate the environmental effects of product manufacturing.
This includes addressing issues related to water usage, energy consumption, waste generation, and emissions.
Over the past decade, Honda has successfully reduced per-vehicle CO2 emissions from auto production by an impressive 39%. Furthermore, the company has made significant strides in achieving near-zero waste-to-landfill, reducing waste sent to landfills by 90% since 2001.
Commitment to Sustainable Practices
To offset CO2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements for renewable wind and solar power.
These agreements aim to encompass over 60% of the electricity utilized by Honda in North America, showcasing the company's commitment to sustainable practices.
"Our global goal to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050 has led Honda to undertake a number of environmental initiatives at our manufacturing plants in North America," said Jeff Waid, who leads Honda's Green Factory efforts for manufacturing in North America. "Energy efficiency initiatives and sustainable business practices focused on waste and water reduction are central to our environmentally responsible practices and we are honored to earn the U.S. EPA Energy Star certificate."
Honda's Holistic Approach to Sustainability
Additionally, two Honda support facilities - the Ohio Data Center and the North American Quality Center - also earned 2023 Energy Star certification. The certification award was the sixth for the Ohio Data Center and the fifth for the North American Quality Center.
Honda's U.S. mass production manufacturing plants, including those building vehicles, engines, and transmissions, that earned Energy Star certification for 2023 include:
- Marysville and East Liberty Auto Plants in Ohio earned the award for the 18th consecutive year.
- Indiana Auto Plant achieved certification for the 12th year in a row.
- Anna Engine Plant in Ohio garnered its sixth award.
- Alabama Auto Plant engine plant received its fifth award.
- Honda Transmission Plant-Ohio received its fourth award.
- Honda Transmission Plant-Georgia earned its fourth award.
Moreover, Honda of Canada Mfg. also earned its fourth award in 2023 for its auto and engine plants. (NOTE: the U.S. EPA began offering Energy Star Certification of manufacturing plants in Canada in 2018, working with Natural Resources, Canada.)