C2ES Welcomes Honda to Business Environmental Leadership Council

For Immediate Release
December 6, 2018

Contact: C2ES: Alec Gerlach, GerlachA@c2es.org, 703-516-0621
Honda: Jaymie Robinson, jaymie_robinson@hna.honda.com, 310-783-3943

C2ES Welcomes Honda to Business Environmental Leadership Council

WASHINGTON — The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has invited Honda to join its Business Environmental Leadership Council, adding the automaker to its roster of more than 30 companies committed to working toward constructive solutions to the world’s climate and energy challenges.

“I’m thrilled that Honda has joined our business council. They will be a valued addition as a corporation that recognizes climate change as a serious societal concern and considers thoughtful solutions,” said C2ES President Bob Perciasepe. “Their careful planning and actions show they’re firmly committed to mitigating climate change impacts and their own role in addressing them.”

“As a company committed to the environment, we’re honored to receive this invitation from C2ES, and we look forward to collaborating with fellow BELC members in support of policies that lead to climate change resiliency,” said Annika Swenson, sustainability analyst, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

The C2ES Business Environmental Leadership Council, which first formed in 1998, is the largest U.S.-based association of companies solely devoted to climate-related policy and corporate strategies. It contains a diverse group of industries with combined revenues of more than $2 trillion and 3 million employees.

“Honda is a tremendous example of a company working to tackle emissions reductions and sustainability from multiple, varied strategies – a result of their vast breadth of operations, including manufacturing, logistics, and more,” Perciasepe said. “They recognize that a successful approach, means a comprehensive one addressing their products, operations, and consumer expectations.”

Honda’s sustainability efforts extend throughout its corporate activities, including improvements to fuel efficiency in its products, development of non-petroleum fuel alternatives, and implementation of manufacturing and logistics efficiencies. By taking a portfolio approach to developing technologies that address climate change, Honda can address environmental challenges in various markets through focused strategies.

Among other environmental and climate strategies, Honda has established voluntary targets for reducing the carbon dioxide intensity of its products – a 30 percent reduction from 2001 levels by 2020. Honda also has a long-term target to halve its carbon dioxide emissions from a 2001 baseline by midcentury. Honda’s strategy relies on advancing internal combustion engine efficiencies, applying new technologies, diversifying its energy sources, and using renewable energy.

About C2ES: The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to forge practical solutions to climate change. Our mission is to advance strong policy and action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote clean energy, and strengthen resilience to climate impacts. Learn more at www.c2es.org.

About Honda in North America: Honda established operations in America in 1959 and today employs more than 40,000 associates in the development, manufacturing, and sales of Honda and Acura automobiles, Honda power equipment, Honda powersports products, the HondaJet advanced light jet, and GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines.

Based on its longstanding commitment to “build products close to the customer,” Honda operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America, working with more than 650 suppliers in the region to produce a diverse range of products for customers locally and globally. In 2017, more than 90 percent of the Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the U.S. were produced in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Honda also operates 14 major research and development centers in the U.S. with the capacity to fully design, develop and engineer many of the products Honda produces in North America.