Honda Plants Get Recognition from the EPA For Clean Manufacturing

February 28th, 2013 by

At Fisher Honda in Boulder, Colorado we’re happy to be able to carry all of the efficient vehicles from Honda’s 2013 lineup. Of course, environmental responsibility doesn’t stop at miles per gallon. How “green” a car is has a lot to do with manufacturing processes, and Honda is committed to environmentally friendly practices inside and out of the car. As a result, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has honored several Honda manufacturing facilities in the United States with the prestigious Energy Star Certification. This is the sixth year in a row that the plants located in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio won this award, which means they perform at the top of the industry in terms of efficiency and environmental impact.

New Technology Improves Manufacturing

Honda engineers pursue efficiency through every available avenue, and the more streamlined the manufacturing process is the less it costs to make high-quality vehicles, which accounts for why Honda vehicles are always such an exceptional value. Here are some of the new technologies that have recently been rolled out in order to reduce energy use, and improve efficiency at Honda plants.

  • LED lights replaced the old fluorescent lights for a 20% reduction in energy use. More efficient lights that saved 15% more energy also replaced magnetic metal halide lighting.
  • A new electro-deposition coating technique—which is how Honda cars are painted—uses 20% less electricity and 20% less water.
  • A 1,350-ton chiller was replaced with a smaller, 20% more efficient unit.
  • Honda has instituted real-time monitoring for all of its facilities so that workers can guarantee that all unnecessary machinery is off when not in use.
  • Many of the Honda manufacturing facilities inNorth Americaare now “zero waste to landfill” facilities after a rigorous audit that nearly eliminated waste in manufacturing.

Energy Star Certification

The prestigious Energy Star certification is given out by the Environmental Protection Agency for facilities and appliances that perform at the top of their class in terms of efficiency. That means that three Honda plants in Ohio and Indiana are ranked among the top 25% in the country in terms of energy use. When giving these awards the EPA determines rankings that account for production volume, vehicle size, and energy necessary for the manufacturing of particular vehicles.

We’re Proud of Honda’s Environmental Leadership

At Fisher Honda in Boulder, we’re proud that Honda is committed to environmentally conscious practices, and we’re definitely proud to sell their vehicles. Visit us today at 6025 Arapahoe Road to let our friendly sales staff help you find your next car.

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