Cars are often blamed for pollution in the cities. They are even accounted for a great portion of the greenhouse gas emissions. And rightly so, as emission regulations have to be more and stricter to reduce carbon pollution and to slow down climate change.
However, in these efforts people tend to overlook industry itself – transportation of parts and already made cars is also an environmental problem. Now Honda opened a second public compressed natural gas fuelling station located on a Honda property in North America.
This is part of Honda‘s continuing effort to reduce its CO2 emissions. In august company opened such station in Marysville, Ohio and now a new one in Troy, Ohio. This CNG station was designed, constructed and will be operated by Trillium CNG. This is all part of a big program, through which Honda is trying to reduce total company CO2 emissions by 50% by the year 2050. Not only this means that factories have to pollute less, but distribution chain has to be more efficient and environmentally friendly as well. These CNG stations were prepared in order to help with greener distribution of parts in the region.
Japanese automotive manufacturer Honda is working really intensively in USA. Now it is trying to minimize its carbon footprint made in the distribution chain. This is why company established so called “green fleet” programs, through which it will attempt to minimize the environmental impact of its parts distribution operations. Honda has very ambitious goals set to its reduction of emissions.
This strategy, which aims at reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2050, has already shown some progress. Honda managed to reduce the CO2 emissions intensity of its parts shipments by 37% since 2009. Furthermore, they reached even more impressive achievement – Honda was able to reduce waste sent to landfills from parts distribution centres by 99.3%. As impressive as cutting waste almost by half sounds, company has even bigger challenges arriving.
Steven Bailey, Vice President, Parts Operations, said: “the American Honda Parts and Service Division is pleased to partner with Trillium on a Natural Gas fueling option at our Troy, Ohio site. We have been using CNG in California with great success, and testing it in Texas as well. We are very excited about this new opportunity to expand our CNG network and reduce emissions, while maintaining world class delivery service to our dealerships”.
The new CNG fuelling station features two Class 8 dispensers for over-the-road carriers (big trucks that carry most of the Honda’s parts to the dealerships). But, since these CNG stations, located on Honda’s property, are public, ordinary people will be able to fill up their CNG-fuelled passenger cars as well.
The new stations are fully automatic. They are meant to serve those who already adopted CNG systems, but also to encourage those who still have not. It is thought to encourage and facilitate suppliers and logistics partners to start using CNG in support of Honda operations as well.
Honda has big environmental commitments. It has a vision of “Blue Skies for our Children”. Among other programs, addressing society’s environmental and energy concerns, Honda is working on producing vehicles with the lowest CO2 emissions at plants with the smallest environmental footprint. Which is why distribution chain has to be optimized as well and people living around Honda’s facilities must be able to enjoy such facilities as these new CNG fuelling stations.
It is a good example how companies have to keep in mind that not only the end result matters. Many early electric and hybrid cars were very efficient and environmentally friendly. But in order to produce them manufacturers had to ship different components from different parts of the world.
This means that the end product was not as good for environment as it seems. Therefore now automotive manufacturers are trying to make entire process as eco-friendly as possible. There are more factories, which means that cars are sold closer to where they were made, which cuts on the transportation emissions and cost. Equipment in these factories is also renewed regularly to be efficient and green. Honda’s efforts to cut emissions in distribution chain are a good step forward to greener automotive industry.