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Message from the Japan Environmental Committee Chair Message from the Japan Environmental Committee Chair

The Honda Japan Environmental Committee Chair reflects on the achievements of past environmental initiatives while touching on directions and targets for future initiatives.

From the Honda Japan Environmental Committee Chair

Message from the Japan Environmental Committee Chair Message from the Japan Environmental Committee Chair

Through company-wide environmental initiatives,
we aim to meet stakeholder expectations and lead the effort to realize a carbon-free society

Kimiyoshi Teratani
Japan Environmental Committee Chair,
Chief Officer, Regional Operations (Japan)
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Honda’s Japan Operations are driving global progress on the environment

Kimiyoshi Teratani

 Thank you for taking an interest in Honda’s environmental initiatives. Each year, Honda delivers products to some 32 million customers worldwide across a range of business segments. These include our motorcycle and automobile businesses; life creation business, which includes generators, tillers, and other power products; and aircraft and aircraft engine business. We are engaged in various ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of these businesses, both from the products themselves and from our operations.

 Our 2030 Vision, announced in 2017, sets a course for Honda and society to continue growing sustainably together. It states our commitment to serve people worldwide with the “joy of expanding their life’s potential.” On the environment, it expresses our aim to become a company that leads the effort to realize a carbon-free society as part of a larger initiative to create a clean, safe and secure society.

 Looking beyond the company, we sense a rising of expectations and interest in Honda’s environmental activities. The Paris Agreement*1 has set globally shared long-term targets for combating global warming. Meanwhile, ESG investment, in which investors, especially institutional investors, evaluate corporations based on their environmental management and corporate governance systems, is spreading rapidly.

 As a company with products and operations worldwide, Honda recognizes the necessity of implementing environmental management at a high standard in every region and community. In Japan, Honda was founded, we acknowledge our responsibility and are working daily to spearhead these global environmental activities. The Japan Environmental Committee on which I serve as chair guides these efforts by proposing environmental policies and targets and by monitoring progress toward their execution, among other activities.

Achievements of environmental initiatives in fiscal 2019

 Looking back on fiscal 2019, I would like to introduce examples of environmental initiatives for products, mainly the electrification of motorcycles, automobiles, and power products for reducing greenhouse gas emissions during use, as well as key operational initiatives, particularly in production.

 In the area of motorcycles, Honda is advancing environmental impact reductions through both higher levels of electrification technologies and gasoline engines. In September we released the latest addition to the PCX series, made popular by its environmentally friendly engines: the PCX Hybrid, the world’s first mass-produced motorized scooter (125cc or less) equipped with a motorcycle hybrid system (Honda research as of July 2018). In November, we also began leasing the PCX Electric motorcycle with a newly developed electric power unit. The same Honda Mobile Power Pack powering the PCX Electric was also featured in the Benly Electric motorcycle exhibited at the March 2019 Tokyo Motorcycle Show.

 In the area of automobiles, Honda is developing and introducing various electrification technologies in an aim to electrify two-thirds of global sales by year 2030. The Clarity PHEV, an all-new plug-in hybrid model released in July, realizes an EV driving (driving by battery charge) range of 114.6 km (rating by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism) in JC08 test cycle*2 thanks to the improved performance of its electrification components. Meanwhile, the all-new CR-V released in August became available for the first time with a 4WD version of the Sport Hybrid i-MMD hybrid system, providing more options for customers to drive with peace of mind in a wider range of locations, such as snowy roads. The all-new N-VAN van-type mini-vehicle released in July makes the most of the widely popular N-BOX platform and delivers class-leading fuel economy, made possible by a high-efficiency engine and weight reduction for commercial use. In this way, Honda has been making fuel economy improvements to gasoline as well as hybrid and plug-in hybrid models, and was able to release all-new models that take environmental impact reduction to the next level.

  • PCX Hybrid

    PCX Hybrid,
    the world’s first hybrid scooter

  • PCX Electric

    Leasing of the PCX Electric began in November 2018

  • Honda Mobile Power Pack
  • The swappable Honda
    Mobile Power Pack
  • Clarity PHEV

    Clarity PHEV significantly extends the range of continuous EV driving

  • CR-V

    The all-new CR-V is available for the first time with a 4WD Sport Hybrid i-MMD hybrid system

  • N-VAN

    N-VAN realizes class-leading fuel economy

  • eGX

    A prototype of the integrated eGX electric power unit for commercial-grade work equipment was world premiered at bauma 2019

 In the area of power products, we unveiled the world premiere of a prototype of the eGX, an electrified power unit Honda is developing for commercial-grade work equipment, at international construction machinery fair bauma 2019 (held April 8 to 14, 2019, in Munich, Germany; organized by Messe Müenchen). By pursuing development of advanced electric power units in fields that use general-purpose engines, we aim to deliver zero-emission power in this business segment as well.

Honda Kumamoto Factory won the Minister’s Prize in the fiscal 2018 Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation with its energy-saving hybridized heat treatment system

Honda Kumamoto Factory won the Minister’s Prize in the fiscal 2018 Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation with its energy-saving hybridized heat treatment system

Honda Kumamoto Factory won the Minister’s Prize in the fiscal 2018 Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation with its energy-saving hybridized heat treatment system

Honda Kumamoto Factory won the Minister’s Prize in the fiscal 2018 Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation with its energy-saving hybridized heat treatment system

 In our operations, staff at Kumamoto Factory, which manufactures motorcycles and power products, realized dramatic energy savings with the development of a hybridized heat treatment system. Their innovation won Minister Prize of Economic, Trade and Industry from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the highest honor in the Successful Case of Energy Conservation category of the fiscal 2018 Grand prix for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Similarly, in the fiscal 2018 Awards for Resource Recirculation Technologies and Systems hosted by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry, Honda subsidiary and production technology developer Honda Engineering Co., Ltd., won the Director-General’s Award from the METI Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau for developing a metal scrap-reducing technology, as well as the Rare Metal Recycling Award (together with Japan Metals & Chemicals Co., Ltd.) for developing the technologies that will enable advanced recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

 At Quality Innovation Center Tochigi, we introduced Tochigi Furusato Denki, a renewable energy program offered by Tochigi Prefecture that eliminates all carbon emissions from electricity use by drawing power from eight prefecture-operated hydroelectric plants that emit zero carbon dioxide during generation. We made steady progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions at other operating sites as well.

Higher aspirations for products and operations in fiscal 2020

 In fiscal 2020, Honda will continue efforts to reduce environmental impacts, through both the continued development and release of products that incorporate electrification technologies and the involvement of all Honda associates in environmental initiatives in our operations. For automobiles, we will add a Sport Hybrid i-MMD system for compact models to join the mid and large-size versions, starting with the all-new Fit slated for global unveiling at the Tokyo Motor Show this fall. For motorcycles, we have already launched a collaborative project on swappable batteries for electric motorcycles through a consortium created with three other automotive companies in Japan. And in our operations, we started working with an electric utility company to help expand renewable energy use by testing a system that would store surplus solar power, which can be difficult to use fully on demand or to feed into the grid, using large-scale storage batteries installed at Honda R&D’s Automobile Center. These efforts represent our ongoing aspiration as Honda’s Japan operations to become a company that leads the effort to realize a carbon-free society, and we look forward to meeting your expectations in this fiscal year as well. Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

*1Paris Agreement is an international framework adopted in 2015 at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) and effective as of 2016.

*2EV range is measured under certain preset conditions and can vary significantly based on the driving environment (e.g., weather, traffic congestion, etc.) and driving conditions (sudden start, use of air conditioner, etc.). Depending on factors such as remaining battery charge and air conditioner use, EV driving is not available under certain conditions.