Honda opens CNG fueling station on Marysville campus; 1st public CNG fueling station located on Honda property in North America
Honda opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station on its property in Marysville, Ohio. The CNG station, which was designed, constructed and will be operated by Trillium CNG, is the first public CNG station located on a Honda property in North America.
The fully automated station is intended both to provide service to those that have already adopted the use of CNG, and to encourage and facilitate suppliers and logistical partners to adopt and expand its use in the trucks used in support of Honda operations.
The CNG station is located at the interchange of Route 33 and Route 739 near Honda’s manufacturing and R&D operations and is part of a strategy that has seen Honda reduce the CO2 emissions intensity of its parts shipments by more than 35 percent since 2009. The station will feature three Class 8 dispensers for over-the-road carriers and can also serve customers who drive CNG-fueled passenger cars as well.
As part of our overall commitment to being an environmentally responsible company, we have continued to look for ways to reduce our logistics emissions impact. The use of CNG as an alternative fuel allows us to do that. We decided to look for ways to create our own CNG infrastructure and we are positioned to potentially expand our CNG network and help suppliers throughout our manufacturing network.—Dana McBrien, Associate Chief Advisor - North America Logistics for Honda
Through its “green factory” and “green purchasing” programs, Honda is working to minimize the environmental impact of its manufacturing operations, including the upstream impacts of producing and shipping parts for vehicles produced at Honda plants.
Over the past 13 years, Honda plants in North America have reduced waste sent to landfills by 91.9%; and in the most recent full fiscal year, ended March 31, 2013 (FY2013), CO2 emissions from the production of Honda and Acura vehicles in North America were down 16.2%. In addition, CO2 emissions from shipment of finished products have been reduced by more than 14% since 2008.
Honda established operations in America in 1959 and now employs more than 39,000 associates in its North American sales, R&D and manufacturing operations with total capital investment in North America exceeding $22 billion.