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Honda's Emissions Rise with Production Levels but Energy and H2O Usage Drop

Increased production activity boosted carbon dioxide emissions at Honda's North American facilities but the automaker was able to lower the amount of energy used for each automobile produced.

Honda unveiled the results in its third North American Environmental Report released Thursday. The report covers Honda's operations from April 1, 2006 through March 31, 2007.

Honda still prides itself for maintaining its position of having the highest corporate average fuel economy of 29.1 miles per gallon for the 2006 model year. It plans to boost this standard by 5 percent over 2005 levels by model year 2010.

The company's CO2 emissions intensity remained flat based on emissions per automobile produced. Honda was able to continue lowering the amount of emissions of volatile organic compounds from auto painting, as well as lower the amount oof water used to produce each vehicle.

Four Honda plants achieved landfill-free status, while 80 percent of its 600-plus OEM suppliers met the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

Honda R&D Americas’ central plant in Raymond, Ohio and American Honda’s Northwest Regional Facility in Gresham, Ore., were LEED-Gold certified during fiscal 2007. Two additional facilities are on track to earn LEED-Gold certification next year.

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