Honda Releases 2021 North American Environmental Report

Honda today released its environmental activities data for North America covering the fiscal year ending March 31, 2021 (FY 2021). This marks the 17th consecutive year that Honda has released detailed environmental impact data for its North American operations.

The data includes water use, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste and air emissions, which decreased as a result of reduced manufacturing due to COVID-19 and supply chain constraints.

The company managed to recycle or reuse 92% of the waste from its manufacturing facilities during the reporting period, and over the same period, 99% of the waste from its 12 U.S. parts warehousing and distribution centers were recycled.

The report also includes data on the use of Honda and Acura products in the region:

  • For model year 2020, the average real-world fuel economy of the company's U.S. automobile fleeti increased .7%, to 29.1 mpg and remains 14.6% higher (better) than the industry average of 25.4 mpg.
  • In the same period, the average real-world CO2 emissions for the company's U.S. automobile fleeti is 12.6% below (better than) the industry average of 349 g/mi.
  • The average fuel economy of the Honda model year 2020 U.S. motorcycle fleetii was 4.8% higher (better) than the previous model year.

In April 2021, Honda set a goal for achieving carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050, including a commitment to supply its operations with 100% clean energy.

Additional information on Honda's environmental initiatives in the region can be found on the Honda Corporate Social Responsibility website. Information on Honda's environmental performance outside of North America can be found in Honda Motor Company's Sustainability Report.

Honda's Commitment to the Environment
Honda is working to address global environmental and energy issues by striving to realize carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities Honda is involved in by 2050. Honda has the highest fleet average fuel economy and lowest CO2 emissions of any full-line automaker in America, according to the latest data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To further reduce CO2 emissions, Honda will strive to make battery-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles represent 100% of auto sales in the U.S. and globally by 2040.

Honda also is working to reduce the environmental impact of its business operations. Seeking to slash CO2 emissions from its North American manufacturing operations, Honda has entered into long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar power that cover more than 60% of the electricity that Honda uses in North America. This enables the company to fully offset the remaining carbon intensive grid-supplied electricity used in its Ohio, Indiana, and Alabama automobile manufacturing operations. Honda also promotes environmentally responsible business practices with its suppliers and retail dealer partners across North America.

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i. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: The 2021 EPA Automotive Trends Report: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Fuel Economy and Technology since 1975. Published November 2021.
ii. Honda calculation using U.S. EPA exhaust emissions data.