Environmental Leaders or Just Ensuring Blue Skies for Our Children?
It’s no secret that Honda Motor Company has a green vision for the future, and a blue vision for the skies. That’s why businesses far and wide can benefit from following the example Honda sets when it comes to the environment. Originating from the ideas of company co-founder Soichiro Honda, Honda Motor Company is committed to doing better for the environment and future generations. According to The News Wheel, “His legacy includes advancements in auto technology aimed at the development of alternative fuels that could ultimately end the world’s dependence on fossil fuels.” Honda Motor Company has done many incredible things for the environment and future. Here are some of their more remarkable efforts over the years:
- Honda was the first auto manufacturer to create and release an engine that was compliant with the Clean Air Act regulations. They even shared the engine with the rest of the automotive industry!
- Honda’s Tree Planting Scheme: The Honda TreeFund was created in 2004 to manage growing C02 levels and offset the C02 levels emitted by their own activities. There have been over 700,000 trees planted in New Zealand, and another 30,000 trees will be planted to celebrate over 30 successful years of planting projects.
- “Green Path”: Honda’s approach to reducing the impacts in all areas of our business. There are currently three primary environmental goals: 1. Eliminate substances of concern from all Honda products, 2. Develop vehicles and other products that are easier to recycle, 3. Eliminate scarce materials from our designs.
- Honda SmartChargeTM: a program designed to help drivers reduce their environmental footprint and save money while charging their electric vehicles. This is available through the free HondaLink EV app, and it encourages Honda Fit EV drivers to charge their vehicles according to their schedules and wallets.
- The Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle: According to Honda’s website, a Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) is, “a long-range all-electric vehicle that uses a fuel cell stack to create electricity on demand. A Fuel Cell Vehicle generates electricity using a process that combines hydrogen and oxygen inside its fuel cell and emits only water.”
- Wind Turbines in Russells Point, Ohio: Honda Transmission Manufacturing of America fired up its wind turbines in 2014 and is the first major automotive manufacturing facility in the U.S. to get a substantial amount of its electricity from onsite wind turbines.
Honda is constantly searching for new ways to do better for the environment. Currently, they’re working towards the goal of lowering C02 emissions by 30%. By the year 2030, the company aims to have three-quarters of all cars that it sells globally be electrified in one form or another. By 2050, the company aims to cut in half C02 emissions from its products & business operations and its production plants. This is all a part of Honda’s mission to Ensure Blue Skies for Our Children.