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Local Honda plants earn EPA’s Energy Star for 6th year

Indiana plant gets first certification

Honda-Chiller

ABOVE: Replacing a large 1,350-ton chiller with a more efficient system resulted in a 20 percent efficiency improvement for this operation at Honda’s auto plant in East Liberty. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Renovation of the auto body painting operations at Honda’s auto plant in East Liberty will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 3,800 metric tons annually, when the projects are completed later this year. That was one environmental improvement that helped earn the plant its sixth consecutive U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star certification. (PHOTOS | HONDA)

MARYSVILLE — Honda automobile assembly plants in Ohio have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification for the sixth year, while its assembly plant in Indiana earned the designation for the first time, boosted by energy efficiency gains from the start of a second shift of auto production.

Honda of America Mfg.’s auto assembly plants in Marysville and East Liberty reduced energy consumption by installing energy-efficient equipment, implementing new technologies in auto-body painting systems and lighting efficiency improvements.

Honda Manufacturing of Indiana LLC, the company’s newest plant in the United States, earned the recognition as it expanded production in October 2011 to a full two-shift assembly operation. Upon starting auto production in 2008, the plant incorporated Honda’s latest technologies to achieve energy-efficient operations, and started out as a zero-waste to landfill facility.

“Improving the energy efficiency of Honda manufacturing operations continues to be a big focus of the company’s efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our operations,” said Karen Heyob, who leads Honda’s environmental sustainability initiatives in North America. “We set challenging targets for improving energy efficiency at our facilities, and count on every Honda associate’s involvement in operating our plants efficiently, and to find and implement energy efficiency improvement opportunities.”

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