Marysville, Ohio – Two of Honda's Ohio automobile manufacturing plants have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR certification (the 12th consecutive award for both), while Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (pictured) in Greensburg, Indiana, achieved the designation for the sixth year in a row.
EPA ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the facilities perform in the top 25% of similar facilities for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. On average, ENERGY STAR certified plants consume 35% less energy and contribute 35% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.
Honda of America Mfg.'s Ohio auto assembly plants in Marysville and East Liberty continued to find new and innovative ways to conserve energy in 2017. The 2.8-million ft2 East Liberty plant, which produces the Honda CR-V and the Acura RDX and MDX SUV's, continued the use of LED lighting – saving 1 million kWh of electricity - and ushered two more new high-efficiency 1,350-ton chillers into service in 2017.
The Marysville plant, which produces the Honda Accord as well as the Acura ILX and TLX, improved its real-time energy visual management system, allowing each department in the facility to track energy loss and accurately determine the success of its energy-saving procedures. The improved monitoring system also allows for a live comparison to the facility's yearly energy targets.
The Indiana plant, which produces the Honda Civic and CR-V, implemented of a phased conversion to LED lighting, minimized energy loss by managing non-production energy consumption, and started a compressed air leak management program.
ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.