Three Honda Manufacturing Plants Earn EPA ENERGY STAR Certification
For the tenth consecutive year, two of Honda's Ohio automobile manufacturing plants have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification, while Honda Manufacturing of Indiana achieved the designation for the fourth year in a row.
The ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the facilities perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35 percent less energy and contribute 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.
"Every Honda facility considers the energy efficiency of its operations, but especially in our manufacturing plants as these operations can consume so much energy," said Karen Heyob, who leads Honda's environmental sustainability initiatives in North America. "We have found that progress in this area comes when we involve every associate in the process, and not relying on someone with a certain job or responsibility to handle it. When everyone involved considers energy efficiency and how they can help the environment, results improve."
Despite previously earning nine consecutive ENERGY STAR certifications, Honda of America Mfg.'s auto assembly plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio both continued to find new and innovative ways to conserve energy in 2015. The Marysville plant incorporated LED lighting, high-efficiency HVAC systems and direct-fired water boilers when constructing a new 138,000-square foot consolidation center. The plant also introduced new tow motors and forklifts powered by hydrogen fuel cells that reduced propane emissions. The 2.8-million square-foot East Liberty plant installed new LED lighting, replaced a large water heater with a n high-efficiency one, and will have new high-efficiency 1350-ton chillers in service in 2016.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC, which at seven years of operation is Honda's newest plant in the United States, has been ENERGY STAR certified for each of the last four years. The plant, located in Greensburg, Indiana, continued its goal of energy efficiency by transitioning to LED high-bay lighting in 2015, while using the Honda North America green factory assessment tool to guide the design and construction of a recently-completed expansion to incorporate energy efficient features where possible.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products, 1.4 million new homes, and 20,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by the EPA. Over the past twenty years, American families and businesses have saved more than $230 billion on utility bills and prevented more than 1.8 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions with help from ENERGY STAR.