Honda's 4th Annual North American Environmental Report

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Honda Corporation has released their fourth annual environmental report, so we thought it was rather appropriate to grade them on their progress and see how one of the more successful manufacturers did this year is in terms of greening their ways.
Fuel Economy Rating- B+
Honda has reported that their average fuel economy rating has risen to 29.5 miles per gallon this year, which was just shy of an A- had they of actually made the 30 mpg mark. This is the highest level they have achieved within the past five years, so we certainly commend them on that. This is a great start, as we wish more of the manufacturers had high averages like this.

Vehicle Technology Rating- B
Much of the increase in fuel efficiency was due to their introduction of the i-VTEC(R) variable valve 4 and 6 cylinder engines and the VCM (Variable Cylinder Management) for the V-6. These systems not only mean greater fuel efficiency, but also improved emission output.

Transportation and Distribution of Honda Vehicles-
Honda has adopted transporting 81 percent of their vehicles by rail (via the Auto-Max), which was calculated to have reduced CO2 emissions by as much as 5,493 metric tons this past year. A $7 million dollar renovation of their Ohio distribution center improved efficiency enough to save over 500,000 gallons in diesel fuel, while their management of "green factory" practises helped guide 85 percent of their supply partners to ISO 14001 environmental management standards (up 5 percent from last year).

Total grade for this fiscal year:

Great job Honda, we look forward to many more improvements over the next fiscal year 2009!

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