Honda World’s First Company to Reveal Third-party Validated Estimates of Global CO2 Emissions during Product Use

Honda Motor Company said in Japan today that it is the world’s first mobility company to disclose estimated global CO2 emissions during customer use of its motorcycles, automobiles and power products.

The move will likely force other automakers who claim to be green into similar disclosures. A next step could be window or product stickers that list the effects of their use on the environment.

The calculation scope matches with the so-called Scope 3 Category 11 for customer use of sold products, where the amount of CO2 emissions is assumed the largest from the viewpoint of the life cycle of Honda products.

Honda obtained third-party validation of the estimates from Bureau Veritas Japan Company, and disclosed them as what it said was transparent and reliable information in its 2012 Environmental Annual Report published today.

The Scope 3 reporting standard was issued by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) Initiative in October 2011 that resulted from a partnership between the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute.

The calculation is under the Scope 3 Category 11 for customer use of sold products, where the amount of CO2 emissions is assumed the largest from the viewpoint of the life cycle of Honda products. Honda obtained third-party validation of the estimates from Bureau Veritas Japan Co., Ltd., and disclosed them as transparent and reliable information in its 2012 Environmental Annual Report published today.

To download the Honda Environmental Annual Report 2012 (Japanese language version) and another detailed document about some of Honda’s environmental initiatives go to http://www.honda.co.jp/environmental-report/. The English language version will be issued in September 2012.

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