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Honda Associate Follows Her Passion for the Ocean

Raminta Jautokas helps lead Honda environmental sustainability efforts

From a young age, Raminta Jautokas has had a deep love for the ocean and a passion for cars. These interests led her to the role of corporate sustainability manager at Honda, where she strives to help Honda minimize its environmental footprint by recommending ways to reduce carbon emissions, while helping lead the Honda Marine Science Foundation. Her position enables her to address climate change in a way that helps people both understand the urgency and how to take action.

“Honda cares about the products we make and also really wants associates to be good citizens,” said Jautokas. “At Honda, we are focused on improving the environment and addressing the changes that are coming in the future.”

Jautokas has been able to express her passion for the ocean through her work with the Honda Marine Science Foundation, which helps to restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience. For her, this was truly an example of Honda’s belief in The Power of Dreams.

Over her lifetime, Jautokas says she has witnessed the negative impact that pollution and climate change has had on the ocean.

“The ocean covers so much of the earth and it is something we would like to help improve through the Honda Marine Science Foundation,” said Jautokas. “My hope is that the work we are doing now will help future generations enjoy the same things that I have enjoyed.”

To view the What Makes a Honda video, click here.

About the Honda Marine Science Foundation

Established in 2016, The Honda Marine Science Foundation is an initiative to help restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience. The foundation supports efforts that improve and preserve coastal areas for future generations. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of sato-umi – the convergence of land and sea where human and marine life can harmoniously coexist – HMSF is dedicated to addressing the impact of climate change on our oceans and intertidal areas. The foundation’s board includes marine science researchers and leaders from public and non-governmental organizations who are committed to ocean conservation and restoration

Honda Corporate Social Responsibility

Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.

Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work. Learn more at http://csr.honda.com/

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Honda Transmission Mfg. of America is First Automotive Transmission Plant in U.S. to Earn EPA ENERGY STAR Certification

Plant derives more than 10 percent of its power from on-site wind turbines Ohio facility first to meet new EPA standards

Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. (HTM) is no stranger to environmental firsts.

In 2014, the facility in Russells Point, Ohio became the first major automotive manufacturing plant in the United States to derive a substantial amount of its electricity directly from wind turbines located on its property. Now, just five years later, HTM is the first U.S. automotive transmission plant to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification.

Along with the energy benefit of getting more than 10 percent of its power from the two 1.7MW turbines on its property, HTM increased its energy efficiency by implementing a robust utility scheduling and monitoring program. This program allows for detailed tracking of energy use and enhanced scheduling of lighting, HVAC units, compressed air valves, and chillers.  Through the commitment of its associates, HTM has been also able to reduce energy through strong non-production energy reduction procedures.

“At Honda Transmission Mfg, environmental stewardship is one of our core characteristics,” said HTM vice-president Scott Henderson. “Our management team, led by Ryan Eberhart, and our associates make energy efficiency a major focus of their daily activities. We take pride in all of our environmental programs, but being the first transmission facility in the U.S. to earn EPA ENERGY STAR certification is a great achievement for our associates.”

The 1.1-million square-foot Honda Transmission Mfg. of America, Inc. plant produces more than 850,000 transmissions per year as well as gear sets and transfer cases and differentials for four-wheel drive vehicles.

The EPA established new ENERGY STAR guidelines for facilities such as Honda’s transmission plant for 2019, and HTM quickly earned the certification through the EPA’s early-registration period. The ENERGY STAR award signifies that the plant performs in the top 25 percent of buildings nationwide, based on weather-normalized source energy performance. ENERGY STAR is the only energy-efficiency certification in the U.S. based on verified energy performance.

EPA introduced ENERGY STAR in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities: energystar.gov/plants

Honda’s Commitment to the Environment
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is working to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93-percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

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Honda Environmental Leadership Program Wins 2019 Climate Leadership Award, Honors First Platinum-Level Powersports Dealer for Significant Energy Reduction

  • Program to Reduce its Dealers’ Energy Footprint wins 2019 Climate Leadership Award
  • Announces Platinum-level award for Honda of North Carolina; video available at https://honda.us/HondaEcoDealer
  • Adds new Energy Efficiency Leader recognition

Recognizing Honda’s efforts to help measurably and verifiably reduce the carbon footprint of its independently-owned dealers, Honda was presented with an Innovative Partnership Certificate at the 2019 Climate Leadership Awards for its exemplary leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change. The award, presented by The Climate Registry and The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, acknowledged the results of the Honda Environmental Leadership Program which supports its independently-owned automobile, powersports, and power equipment dealers with tools to evaluate and measurably reduce energy and water use, saving them money while enhancing their environmentally-responsible business operations. Since the launch of the program in 2012, more than 800 dealerships voluntarily participate in the program and have collectively reduced their CO2 emissions by approximately 59,000 metric tons.

Concurrently with the awards ceremony, the Honda Environmental Leadership Program announced the first Platinum level award for a powersports dealership, honoring the North Carolina dealer for verifiably reducing its energy use by more than 50%.

The Climate Leadership Awards take place during the Climate Leadership Conference, which brings together forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.

“We’re thrilled to receive the Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnerships on behalf of the Honda Environmental Leadership Program,” said Annika Swenson, Honda Environmental Leadership Program Manager. “This recognition highlights the successful collaboration with our dealers and motivates us to continue our efforts to measurably reduce our impact on the environment.”

“The Climate Registry applauds Honda and its dealers for their outstanding dedication to climate action,” said Ann McCabe, interim executive director of The Climate Registry. “Honda is part of an incredibly important group of leaders who are accelerating the shift to a more sustainable future. We hope that their ability to bring about change will inspire and empower others to act.”

First Honda Powersports Dealer Achieves Platinum Recognition
Honda of North Carolina is the first Honda Powersports dealer to be recognized with the Platinum Environmental Leadership Award. Owner and manager Jeff Carr and his sons built the dealership from the ground up, focusing on being good stewards of the land and taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment. A video about their efforts can be viewed at https://honda.us/HondaEcoDealer.

The Honda Environmental Leadership Program awards participating dealers at three levels of achievement based on an independent evaluation of dealership performance in the areas of energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, site attributes, and other sustainable best practices. More than 200 Honda dealers across all product lines, including automobile, powersports and power equipment, have received the Honda Environmental Leadership Award, earning Silver, Gold or top-level Platinum designations based on the results of their efforts to reduce energy use.

New Energy Efficiency Leader Recognition
To encourage continuous improvement among participating dealerships in the Environmental Leadership Program, Honda has added a new Energy Efficiency Leader recognition. This annual recognition will go to dealerships that have received a Silver, Gold or Platinum award and have demonstrated exceptional energy performance compared to other dealerships in their zone, based on their energy use per square foot of building space. To identify these leaders, Honda will compare each dealership’s weather-normalized energy use intensity (EUI), which includes electricity, natural gas and other fuels the dealer may be using for things like heating the building. The recognition goes to the top two most efficient (lowest EUI) dealerships in each zone. In 2018, 33 dealerships were recognized as Energy Efficiency Leaders.

For more information on the Honda Environmental Leadership Program, please visit greendealer.honda.com.

Honda’s Commitment to the Environment
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is working to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America.

Through its green purchasing and green dealer initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

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Honda Environmental Leadership Program Wins 2019 Climate Leadership Award, Honors First Platinum-Level Powersports Dealer for Significant Energy Reduction

  • Program to Reduce its Dealers’ Energy Footprint wins 2019 Climate Leadership Award
  • Announces Platinum-level award for Honda of North Carolina; video available at https://honda.us/HondaEcoDealer
  • Adds new Energy Efficiency Leader recognition

Recognizing Honda’s efforts to help measurably and verifiably reduce the carbon footprint of its independently-owned dealers, Honda was presented with an Innovative Partnership Certificate at the 2019 Climate Leadership Awards for its exemplary leadership in reducing carbon pollution and addressing climate change. The award, presented by The Climate Registry and The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, acknowledged the results of the Honda Environmental Leadership Program which supports its independently-owned automobile, powersports, and power equipment dealers with tools to evaluate and measurably reduce energy and water use, saving them money while enhancing their environmentally-responsible business operations. Since the launch of the program in 2012, more than 800 dealerships voluntarily participate in the program and have collectively reduced their CO2 emissions by approximately 59,000 metric tons.

Concurrently with the awards ceremony, the Honda Environmental Leadership Program announced the first Platinum level award for a powersports dealership, honoring the North Carolina dealer for verifiably reducing its energy use by more than 50%.

The Climate Leadership Awards take place during the Climate Leadership Conference, which brings together forward-thinking leaders from business, government, academia, and the non-profit community to address climate change through policy, innovation, and business solutions.

“We’re thrilled to receive the Climate Leadership Award for Innovative Partnerships on behalf of the Honda Environmental Leadership Program,” said Annika Swenson, Honda Environmental Leadership Program Manager. “This recognition highlights the successful collaboration with our dealers and motivates us to continue our efforts to measurably reduce our impact on the environment.”

“The Climate Registry applauds Honda and its dealers for their outstanding dedication to climate action,” said Ann McCabe, interim executive director of The Climate Registry. “Honda is part of an incredibly important group of leaders who are accelerating the shift to a more sustainable future. We hope that their ability to bring about change will inspire and empower others to act.”

First Honda Powersports Dealer Achieves Platinum Recognition
Honda of North Carolina is the first Honda Powersports dealer to be recognized with the Platinum Environmental Leadership Award. Owner and manager Jeff Carr and his sons built the dealership from the ground up, focusing on being good stewards of the land and taking steps to reduce their impact on the environment. A video about their efforts can be viewed at https://honda.us/HondaEcoDealer.

The Honda Environmental Leadership Program awards participating dealers at three levels of achievement based on an independent evaluation of dealership performance in the areas of energy and water efficiency, waste reduction, site attributes, and other sustainable best practices. More than 200 Honda dealers across all product lines, including automobile, powersports and power equipment, have received the Honda Environmental Leadership Award, earning Silver, Gold or top-level Platinum designations based on the results of their efforts to reduce energy use.

New Energy Efficiency Leader Recognition
To encourage continuous improvement among participating dealerships in the Environmental Leadership Program, Honda has added a new Energy Efficiency Leader recognition. This annual recognition will go to dealerships that have received a Silver, Gold or Platinum award and have demonstrated exceptional energy performance compared to other dealerships in their zone, based on their energy use per square foot of building space. To identify these leaders, Honda will compare each dealership’s weather-normalized energy use intensity (EUI), which includes electricity, natural gas and other fuels the dealer may be using for things like heating the building. The recognition goes to the top two most efficient (lowest EUI) dealerships in each zone. In 2018, 33 dealerships were recognized as Energy Efficiency Leaders.

For more information on the Honda Environmental Leadership Program, please visit greendealer.honda.com.

Honda’s Commitment to the Environment
Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is working to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America.

Through its green purchasing and green dealer initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

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Honda Reports on its Environmental Performance in North America

  • Fleet average fuel economy is 19.8% better than industry average
  • Manufacturing plants reduced waste-to-landfill by 23 percent
  • Parts distribution centers reach all-time high in recycling of waste

Honda has released its 2018 North American Environmental Report (NAER) detailing the company’s environmental activities in North America, and disclosing the results of its efforts over the last fiscal year.

The 44-page report illustrates Honda’s Environmental Vision, its approach to managing environmental activities throughout the company and explains Honda’s views on public policy initiatives as they pertain to energy use and development of alternative fuel vehicles and technologies.

“We continue to make important progress in reducing the environmental impact of our products and our business operations in North America,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president & CEO of Honda North America, Inc. “We have set forth challenging targets, including the halving of our company’s total CO2 emissions by 2050 and the transition to electrified vehicles, an important direction in the future of personal mobility.”

The 2018 NAER is Honda’s 14th annual report on the environmental impact of its operations in North America and covers the period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 (fiscal year 2018). The report has been revised this year and provides more environmental data and policy information, and much of the narrative regarding the company’s progress can be found on the Honda Corporate Social Responsibility website.

2018 North American Environmental Report Highlights:
Product Development

  • Twelve of 15 models produced in FY18 have PVC-free interiors
  • Honda is recycling fabrics, using soybean-based foam as sound insulation in vehicles

Manufacturing 

  • The CO2 emissions from powersports production was reduced 23 percent from a year ago.
  • Waste-to-landfill from manufacturing operations was reduced 23.7 percent.
  • Water use per automobile produced decreased 4.1 percent in FY18

Sales and Service

  • Ninety-nine percent of the waste from Honda’s 12 U.S. parts warehousing and distribution centers was recycled in FY18, the highest rate in company history
  • The CO2 emissions intensity of U.S. service parts shipments fell 4.4 percent from a year ago, and has been reduced 46.6 percent over the past six years.
  • In FY18 more than 210 U.S Honda and Acura dealers received a Honda Environmental Award and combined for an annual reduction of 24,000 tons of CO2

Products In Use

  • The unadjusted fleet-average fuel economy of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S.i was 38.7 mpg in model year 2017 (MY17), outpacing the automobile industry average of 32.3 mpg by 6.4 mpg, or 19.8 percent.
  • The unadjusted fleet average CO2 emissions of the company’s U.S. automobile fleetii is 19.1 percent below (better than) the industry average.
  • The fleet-average fuel economy of Honda motorcyclesiii is up 69.8 percent from the MY2000 baseline.

Additional information on Honda’s environmental performance outside of North America can be found in Honda Motor Company’s Sustainability Report.

Honda Environmental Commitment

Based on its commitment to leave “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of substances of concern (SOCs) and scarce natural resources in the design of its vehicles, significantly reduce the CO2 intensity and water use of its manufacturing operations, continue to decrease CO2 emissions from the transportation of vehicles from its plants to dealers, and expand the involvement of U.S. Honda and Acura dealers as well as powersports, power equipment and marine dealers in its “Green Dealer” program.

These activities reinforce Honda’s goal to voluntarily reduce its total corporate CO2 emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050, compared to 2000 levels. In 2006, Honda was the first auto company to voluntarily and publicly commit to global reductions in its CO2 emissions.

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Honda Reports on its Environmental Performance in North America

  • Fleet average fuel economy is 19.8% better than industry average
  • Manufacturing plants reduced waste-to-landfill by 23 percent
  • Parts distribution centers reach all-time high in recycling of waste

Honda has released its 2018 North American Environmental Report (NAER) detailing the company’s environmental activities in North America, and disclosing the results of its efforts over the last fiscal year.

The 44-page report illustrates Honda’s Environmental Vision, its approach to managing environmental activities throughout the company and explains Honda’s views on public policy initiatives as they pertain to energy use and development of alternative fuel vehicles and technologies.

“We continue to make important progress in reducing the environmental impact of our products and our business operations in North America,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president & CEO of Honda North America, Inc. “We have set forth challenging targets, including the halving of our company’s total CO2 emissions by 2050 and the transition to electrified vehicles, an important direction in the future of personal mobility.”

The 2018 NAER is Honda’s 14th annual report on the environmental impact of its operations in North America and covers the period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 (fiscal year 2018). The report has been revised this year and provides more environmental data and policy information, and much of the narrative regarding the company’s progress can be found on the Honda Corporate Social Responsibility website.

2018 North American Environmental Report Highlights:
Product Development

  • Twelve of 15 models produced in FY18 have PVC-free interiors
  • Honda is recycling fabrics, using soybean-based foam as sound insulation in vehicles

Manufacturing 

  • The CO2 emissions from powersports production was reduced 23 percent from a year ago.
  • Waste-to-landfill from manufacturing operations was reduced 23.7 percent.
  • Water use per automobile produced decreased 4.1 percent in FY18

Sales and Service

  • Ninety-nine percent of the waste from Honda’s 12 U.S. parts warehousing and distribution centers was recycled in FY18, the highest rate in company history
  • The CO2 emissions intensity of U.S. service parts shipments fell 4.4 percent from a year ago, and has been reduced 46.6 percent over the past six years.
  • In FY18 more than 210 U.S Honda and Acura dealers received a Honda Environmental Award and combined for an annual reduction of 24,000 tons of CO2

Products In Use

  • The unadjusted fleet-average fuel economy of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S.i was 38.7 mpg in model year 2017 (MY17), outpacing the automobile industry average of 32.3 mpg by 6.4 mpg, or 19.8 percent.
  • The unadjusted fleet average CO2 emissions of the company’s U.S. automobile fleetii is 19.1 percent below (better than) the industry average.
  • The fleet-average fuel economy of Honda motorcyclesiii is up 69.8 percent from the MY2000 baseline.

Additional information on Honda’s environmental performance outside of North America can be found in Honda Motor Company’s Sustainability Report.

Honda Environmental Commitment

Based on its commitment to leave “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. The company seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of substances of concern (SOCs) and scarce natural resources in the design of its vehicles, significantly reduce the CO2 intensity and water use of its manufacturing operations, continue to decrease CO2 emissions from the transportation of vehicles from its plants to dealers, and expand the involvement of U.S. Honda and Acura dealers as well as powersports, power equipment and marine dealers in its “Green Dealer” program.

These activities reinforce Honda’s goal to voluntarily reduce its total corporate CO2 emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050, compared to 2000 levels. In 2006, Honda was the first auto company to voluntarily and publicly commit to global reductions in its CO2 emissions.

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Honda SmartCharge™ Beta Program Helps Electric Vehicle Drivers Save Money and Reduce Environmental Footprint

  • App finds best time to charge electric vehicles, adjusting to electric grid conditions to reduce customer costs and CO2emissions
  • Participating drivers can earn monetary rewards
  • Honda SmartChargeTM beta rolls out to Honda Fit EV customers, possible expansion to other vehicles
  • Video of Honda SmartChargeTM available at https://honda.us/SmartCharge

With plans to make two-thirds of its global automobile sales from electrified vehicles by 2030, Honda is introducing a new Honda SmartChargeTM beta program that allows electric vehicle customers to reduce the environmental footprint of charging their car while earning monetary rewards. Honda is the first automaker to introduce a program of this kind, and will roll out the program to Honda Fit EV customers.

Electric vehicle customers typically plug in and charge their vehicles when they arrive home after work, but this early evening charge time is often when demand on the grid is highest and when electricity is the most expensive. Honda SmartChargeTMpermits Fit EV customers to charge when electricity demand is low and when the availability of renewable energy is high.

Using the vehicle telematics system and Enel X subsidiary eMotorWerks’ JuiceNet software platform, Honda SmartChargeTMcomputes the best time to charge a vehicle from the electric grid, dynamically taking into account the driver’s daily schedule, the amount of renewable energy being generated, and the amount of CO2 emitted from power plants on the grid. By recording the customer’s desired charging times, the system enables the vehicle to be fully charged when the customer needs it next without impacting their use of the vehicle. As the Demand Response Provider (DRP) for Honda SmartChargeTM, eMotorWerks interfaces with the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) to allow for real-time control via cloud to cloud communication, enabling EVs to participate in demand response events to support the grid.

“Honda SmartChargeTM is uniquely able to shift electric vehicle charging in real-time without impacting the customer,” said Steve Center, vice president, Connected and Environmental Business Development for American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “We believe the program will be a game changer with its ability to create new value for our customers, reduce demand on the grid during peak load times, and help contribute to our company’s goal of reducing CO2 emissions.”

Honda will study the results of the beta program among Fit EV customers, with an eye toward applying it to other electrified vehicles, including the Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-in Hybrid. The Honda SmartChargeTM program is available on Apple devices for select California customers, with plans to expand to other areas in the near future.

Earn Rewards and Help Save the Planet

To participate in the Honda SmartChargeTM beta program, Fit EV owners can download the free HondaLink EV app, create a profile, and select preferred charging times. The Honda SmartChargeTM app’s algorithms use pricing signals from the electric grid to determine optimal grid periods within customers’ preferred charging times. With the Honda SmartChargeTM app, Fit EV drivers are able to monitor their charging progress and receive push notifications to remind them to plug in. The app also offers a scorecard feature that tracks rewards earned, CO2 saved, and other stats related to customers’ participation in the program.  

After receiving utility approval from eMotorWerks and completing five charging sessions, the customer earns a monetary sign-up reward. Additional rewards will be calculated based on a customer’s participation rate over each two-month period. To learn more about Honda SmartChargeTM, visit smartcharge.honda.com.

Honda’s Commitment to the Environment

Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. Honda is targeting a 50 percent reduction in its total company CO2 emissions on a global basis by 2050, compared to the year 2000. To help reach this goal and advance the company toward its vision of creating a carbon-free society, Honda is implementing renewable energy projects throughout its operations.

The company intends for electrified vehicles to comprise two-thirds of its global automobile sales by 2030. In North America, the Honda Electrification Initiative will see Honda’s electrified powertrain technologies applied to an expanding portfolio of cars and light trucks in the years ahead. Honda’s electrified vehicle lineup today includes the Clarity series of vehicles, featuring fuel cell, battery electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with the new Accord Hybrid and Honda Insight.

Honda is working to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycle, including reducing waste, emissions and further improving the energy efficiency of producing, distributing and selling Honda and Acura products in North America. This includes a 93 percent reduction in waste sent to landfills from Honda plants in North America.

Through its “green purchasing” and “green dealer” initiatives, the company also is working to promote more environmentally responsible business practices with its more than 650 original equipment suppliers and 1,300 retail dealer partners.

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Honda Installs One of Southern California’s Largest Corporate Owned On-Site Solar Arrays in Expansion of Corporate Renewable Energy Commitment

  • Solar system installed at Honda campus in Torrance, Calif. expected to generate about 3,000 megawatt hours (MWh) annually to offset 30% of purchased electricity
  • One of Honda’s largest on-site renewable energy installations in the world
  • Time-lapse video of solar system installation at https://youtu.be/2OFqnhWpN0I

Honda today flipped the switch on a new solar energy system at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. campus in Torrance, Calif., one of the largest solar arrays on a commercial building in Southern California, and at 2.0 megawatts (MW) direct current, one of Honda’s largest on-site renewable energy installations anywhere in the world. The new solar array expands Honda’s ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental footprint by developing and implementing renewable energy projects throughout its operations. A time-lapse video of the solar rooftop installation is available at https://youtu.be/2OFqnhWpN0I.

Honda’s new solar array features more than 6,000 panels and is expected to generate approximately 3,000 megawatt hours (MWh) annually. It will offset roughly 30 percent of the purchased electricity for the entire American Honda Torrance campus. Solar energy also will provide 100 percent of the electric vehicle charging energy in the parking lot to the south of the solar rooftop system. A Honda-developed cloud-based energy management system can control electric vehicle charging to match solar generation at the 60 EV charging stations to maximize the amount of solar energy used to charge the vehicles.

The solar array on American Honda’s Torrance campus is connected in parallel to three large lithium ion batteries that improve the integration of renewable energy with the electric grid, smoothing out the abrupt changes in power generation that occur, for example, when a cloud covers the sun. The batteries – a 500 kilowatt (kW) / 1,000 kilowatt hour (kWh) and two 100kW / 200kWh batteries – also even out the buildings’ power usage and reduce demand charges, resulting in significant utility cost savings.

“Installing the solar and battery system on Honda’s Torrance campus is a win-win-win solution that will help Honda reach its renewable energy goals, save money and reduce CO2 emissions,” said Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business Development and Engineering at American Honda. “Charging electric vehicles with sunshine is also very satisfying for our associates. The transition to renewable energy and electric transportation go hand-in-hand.”

Increasing the Use of Renewable Energy to Meet Honda’s Operational Power Needs

Honda is targeting a 50 percent reduction in its total company CO2 emissions on a global basis by 2050, compared to the year 2000. To help reach this goal and advance the company toward its vision of creating a carbon-free society, Honda is implementing renewable energy projects throughout its operations.

Recently, Honda partnered with the Bosch Building Grid Technology (BGT) group to deploy a low-cost, high efficiency, commercial-scale direct-current (DC) microgrid platform at the American Honda parts distribution center in Chino, Calif.  The DC microgrid enables the distribution center to use and store 300kW of DC connected solar power directly without exporting it to the electric grid. The DC microgrid powers LED lighting, ventilation fans, forklift charging, and other loads in the facility. The microgrid uses a 546kWh lithium ion battery to provide reliable power to the loads, resilience during power outages, increased energy efficiency, and optimized renewable energy utilization. From both an electrical load perspective and by facility square footage the installation is the largest commercial-scale DC microgrid in North America. The Chino facility is also home to an existing 1.0MW solar array, completed in 2016, that provides more than 1,400 MWh of solar energy every year. Combined with the new DC microgrid, Honda expects that 100% of the electricity used by the Chino distribution center will be generated from on-site solar power, meeting the State of California’s 2030 Zero Net Energy Commercial Building goal.

In 2015, Honda installed a 1.1MW rooftop solar array at its 400,000 square-foot parts distribution center in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. The array of nearly 5,000 high-efficiency photovoltaic panels generates approximately 1,400 MWh of energy annually, meeting more than half of the site’s total electricity needs.

In addition to solar energy, Honda is the first U.S. automaker to derive a significant amount of power directly from on-site wind turbines. Two wind turbines at Honda’s transmission plant in Russells Point, Ohio supply approximately 10 percent of the plant’s electricity. Based on their location and actual wind speeds, combined output from both wind turbines is estimated at 10,000 MWh per year.

For more information about Honda’s commitment to reducing its environmental impact with renewable energy investments, visit http://csr.honda.com/environment/renewable-energy.

Honda Commitment to the Environment

Based on its vision of “Blue Skies for our Children,” Honda is working to advance technologies that address society’s environmental and energy concerns. Honda is targeting a 50 percent reduction in its total company CO2 emissions on a global basis by 2050, compared to 2000 levels. The company also strives for significant growth in electrified vehicle sales, beginning with the hydrogen-powered Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle launched in 2016, followed by a new Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid in 2017.

Honda also is endeavoring to reduce the environmental impact of its products throughout their life cycles, including the reduction of energy use and emissions from its production, distribution and sales. This includes the Honda Environmental Leadership Award Program.

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Three Honda Manufacturing Plants Earn EPA ENERGY STAR Certification

Two other Ohio facilities also garner Energy Star certification

For the 12th consecutive year, two of Honda’s Ohio automobile manufacturing plants have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, while Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) achieved the designation for the sixth year in a row.

EPA ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the facilities perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35 percent less energy and contribute 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.

Furthering its legacy of environmental performance, Honda of America Mfg.’s auto assembly plants in Marysville and East Liberty continued to find new and innovative ways to conserve energy in 2017. The 2.8-million square-foot East Liberty plant, which produces the Honda CR-V and the Acura RDX  and MDX SUV’s, continued the use of LED lighting – saving 1 million kWh of electricity – and ushered two more new high-efficiency 1350-ton chillers into service in 2017.

The Marysville plant, which produces the Honda Accord as well as the Acura ILX and TLX, improved its real-time energy visual management system, allowing each department in the facility to track energy loss and accurately determine the success of its energy-saving procedures. The improved monitoring system also allows for a live comparison to the facility’s yearly energy targets.

HMIN, which produces the Honda Civic and CR-V, has been ENERGY STAR certified for each of the last five years. The facility, located in Greensburg, Indiana, continued on its path toward energy efficiency through the implementation of a phased conversion to LED lighting, minimizing energy loss by managing non-production energy consumption and the implementation of a compressed air leak management program.

ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Since 2006, the ENERGY STAR Industrial Program has annually certified manufacturing plants for reaching the top 25 percent of energy performance in their industries nationwide. Over 190 plants have achieved this distinction since 2006. For more information, see: www.energystar.gov/plants. For specific plant profiles, see: www.energystar.gov/buildinglist.

For more information about ENERGY STAR Certification for Industrial Facilities:  www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings

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Honda Marine Science Foundation Supports New Projects Focused on “Living Shorelines” Along West Coast

  • Grants awarded to Save The Bay, Northwest Straits Foundation, Orange County Coastkeeper, California State University Long Beach, and California State University Fullerton
  • Projects aim to advance marine ecosystems and natural resources protection

Continuing its efforts to help restore marine ecosystems and strengthen resilience against climate change, the Honda Marine Science Foundation will support three projects centered on “living shorelines” along the West Coast:  San Francisco Bay Transition Zone Restoration Project in Northern California; Upper Newport Bay Living Shorelines Project in Southern California; and Sunlight Shores Living Shoreline Restoration Project in Puget Sound, Washington.

Honda established the Honda Marine Science Foundation based on inspiration from the Japanese concept of sato-umi – the idea that humans can and should have a mutually beneficial relationship with coastal ecosystems – with the purpose of fostering meaningful cross-sector collaboration to address the impact of climate change on oceans and intertidal areas. Expanding on last year’s support of Southern California oyster restoration efforts, the foundation’s upcoming projects aim to advance the understanding and implementation of living shorelines, providing natural approaches to protecting coastal habitats and communities. Living shorelines provide habitat value, enhance coastal resilience, and boost ecosystem services.

“Honda Marine Science Foundation is proud to support this year’s grantees in their efforts to tackle critical environmental issues,” said Steve Center, Honda Marine Science Foundation chairman. “Together, we will promote education through research, helping to further the understanding of how to effectively advance living shorelines and the role living shorelines play in addressing coastal threats.”

San Francisco Bay Transition Zone Restoration Project

The San Francisco Bay Transition Zone Restoration Project, an initiative of Save The Bay, is a regional effort focused on wetlands restoration, enhancement and maintenance in transition zones between the tidal marsh and the terrestrial environment. Healthy transition zones provide vital ecosystem services, including absorbing storm surges and protecting communities from flooding, filtering urban pollutants out of estuarine flows, supporting diverse native wildlife, providing migration space for wildlife as sea levels rise, and creating accessible areas for public recreation and ecological education. The grant from Honda Marine Science Foundation will support these activities and the operation of three native plant nurseries to generate thousands of native seedlings annually.

Upper Newport Bay Living Shorelines Project

Three organizations, Orange County Coastkeeper (OCCK), California State University Long Beach (CSULB), and California State University Fullerton (CSUF), collaborated to create the Upper Newport Bay Living Shorelines Project, which focuses on oyster and eelgrass restoration to stabilize local shorelines. The goals of the project are to improve the ecological integrity and resilience of Southern California embayments as well as increase public awareness and stewardship of coastal habitats.

Sunlight Shores Living Shoreline Restoration Project

The Sunlight Shores Living Shoreline Restoration Project aims to increase the amount of living shorelines in the Northwest Straits region of Puget Sound, Washington. The Northwest Straits Foundation started the project to restore natural shorelines through the removal of manmade shoreline structures such as cement and log piles. The project also aims to educate shoreline landowners about the importance of living shorelines and seek their support for natural approaches to shoreline protection.

For its inaugural project in 2017, the Honda Marine Science Foundation partnered with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) Bren School of Environmental Science & Management on a research initiative that sought to provide a framework for future Southern California oyster restoration efforts. A group of Bren School students researched the Olympia oyster for a year to educate the public on benefits of restoring native oyster populations for shoreline stabilization. The students published their thesis in June 2017, concluding that large-scale Southern California oyster restoration is both viable and valuable.

Each year, the foundation identifies up to three critical projects that support its mission of marine ecosystem restoration and climate change resilience, and awards research grants for these projects.

About the Honda Marine Science Foundation 
Established in 2016, The Honda Marine Science Foundation is an initiative to help restore marine ecosystems and facilitate climate change resilience. The foundation supports efforts that improve and preserve coastal areas for future generations. Inspired by the Japanese philosophy of sato-umi – the convergence of land and sea where human and marine life can harmoniously coexist – HMSF is dedicated to addressing the impact of climate change on our oceans and intertidal areas. The foundation’s board includes marine science researchers and leaders from public and non-governmental organizations who are committed to ocean conservation and restoration

To learn more about the Honda Marine Science Foundation, visit marinescience.honda.com.

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