For the eighth consecutive year, two of Honda’s Ohio automobile manufacturing plants have earned the US. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, while the company’s auto plant in Greensburg, Ind. earned the designation for the second year in a row.
The ENERGY STAR certification is given to facilities that perform in the top 25% of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and that also meet strict energy efficiency-performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35% less energy and produce 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.
In earning their eighth consecutive ENERGY STAR certifications, Honda of America Mfg.’s auto assembly plants in Marysville and East Liberty, Ohio continued efforts to improve energy efficiency in 2013. The Marysville plant completed a multi-year project to eliminate a central steam plant, transitioning to more efficient localized alternatives. The East Liberty plant began operation of a new on-site parts consolidation center that reduced fuel usage by 483,000 gallons while cutting CO2 emissions by 4.9 metric tons annually.
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC, which just marked its five-year anniversary and is Honda’s newest plant in the United States, earned the recognition for the first time last year. The Indiana plant continued to improve energy efficiency while ramping up to a two-shift operation, and improved energy efficiency by 15% from last year. All plants benefitted this year from a newly-implemented real-time energy monitoring program that allows associates to identify equipment that can be turned off during breaks or between production shifts.