Honda Works to Help the Environment with “Green Path” Initiative
What is the Honda “Green Path?”
Improving fuel-efficiency and developing alternatives to gasoline are things that one typically thinks of when it comes to automotive industry efforts to help the environment. Honda regards these as important elements for reducing CO2 emissions that contribute to climate change, but for the Japanese automaker, their environmental efforts go much further and encompass a holistic approach, called “Green Path.” Continue reading to find out what this initiative is all about.
Honda Green Path Features
Honda’s “Green Path” is the automaker’s holistic approach to reducing the impacts in all areas of the automaker’s business, including designing, building, delivering and selling a car. Green Path means reducing or eliminating the use of substances of concern (SOCs) and scarce natural resources in the design of their vehicles. It means significantly reducing the CO2 emitted for each vehicle built in plants, and reducing the water use of their manufacturing operations. Green Path also means reducing CO2 emissions from the transportation of vehicles from their plants to dealers. And it means involving U.S. Honda and Acura dealers in the “Green Dealer” program.
Honda Green Path: How Honda Designs Vehicles
Honda’s Green Path starts with how they design vehicles. This involves three primary environmental goals:
- Eliminate substances of concern from all Honda products
- Develop vehicles and other products that are easier to recycle
- Eliminate scarce materials from their designs
Honda Green Path: Manufacturing to Reduce Overall Impact
Beyond driving, the biggest environmental impact from cars is manufacturing them. Auto plants use a great deal of energy and natural resources — and Honda is working to reduce that in every aspect of their operations. By implementing a wide range of programs, Honda’s energy use per auto has been reduced 14% over the past decade. Honda is also reducing waste: less than one-half of one-percent of the total waste from their 12 North American manufacturing plants goes to landfills.
Honda Green Path: Environmental-Friendly Shipping
Shipping parts to plants and finished products to dealers have impacts on the environment. This is a big reason why Honda moves about 80% of their cars from their plants by train. It’s about four times more efficient to deliver cars by rail than by truck, and it also allows Honda to reduce their CO2 emissions between 60%-80% compared to using only trucks. When using trucks, Honda still works to reduce the environmental impact. 100% of Honda’s truck carriers are EPA SmartWay certified, a program that rates transportation efficiency.
Honda Green Path and “Green Dealers”
Automotive dealerships have a variety of energy needs, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also take a leadership role in being environmentally responsible businesses. Honda’s “Green Dealers” program focuses on using more-efficient lighting and installing solar panels that generate all the power they need to run their operations. Honda has also developed a set of best practices that help dealers measurably reduce their energy and water use.
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