In the first year of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) energy standards being set for engine plants, Honda’s Anna Engine Plant (AEP) in Anna, OH earned a new certification for 2018 ENERGY STAR status. This is in addition to two of Honda’s Ohio automobile manufacturing plants earning ENERGY STAR certification for the 13th consecutive year, while Honda Manufacturing of Indiana (HMIN) achieved the designation for the seventh year in a row.
“Earning these certifications are important since it is way to recognize Honda associates for their continued efforts to reduce energy usage at our manufacturing plants and office buildings,” said Joanna Bambeck, who leads Honda’s Green Factory efforts in North America. “This achievement also shows the progress that our plants are making towards realizing a carbon-free society and achieving our 2050 CO2 targets.”
ENERGY STAR certification signifies that the facilities perform in the top 25 percent 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 percent less energy and contribute 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar non-certified operations.
The Marysville and East Liberty automobile plants of Honda of America Mfg. continued to find new and innovative ways to conserve energy in 2018, furthering the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. The 2.8-million square-foot East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP), which produces the Honda CR-V and the Acura RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles, expanded its use of LED lighting, installing more than 850 new fixtures and saving more than 1.1 million kWh of electricity.
The 4.3-million square-foot Marysville Auto Plant (MAP), which produces the Honda Accord, Accord Hybrid, and CR-V as well as the Acura ILX and TLX, saw improvements through the inception of a five-year plan to improve energy management. The initiative started with the plant’s high-bay lighting with LED fixtures.
HMIN, which produces the Honda Insight as well as the Honda Civic and CR-V, has been ENERGY STAR certified for each of the last seven years. The plant continued on its path toward greater energy efficiency through the phased conversion to LED lighting and increasing emphasis on managing non-production energy use, along with the implementation of a compressed air leak management program.
Ohio’s AEP achieved energy savings by reducing the power needed to pressurize its compressed-air system. The plant also raised the temperature of its process water system, lessening the energy used by the plant’s chillers. AEP opened in 1985 and has the capacity to manufacture 1.18 million engines per year, ranging from the turbocharged four-cylinder engines powering models like the Honda Civic, Accord, and CR-V, up to the twin-turbo V6 powerplant found in the Acura NSX supercar.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. “From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification.”
In 2018, 100 manufacturing plants earned ENERGY STAR certification for their superior energy performance — 15 of them for the first time. Together, these plants reduced their energy bills by more than $400 million, saved more than 70 trillion British thermal units (TBtu) of energy, and achieved broad emissions reductions, including 4.5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.