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For the 11th consecutive year, two of Honda's Ohio automobile manufacturing plants have earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Energy Star certification, while Honda Manufacturing of Indiana achieved the designation for the fifth year in a row. In addition to the Marysville and East Liberty auto plants, the new Honda Heritage Center and an American Honda office building in Marysville also received Energy Star certification.
The 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.
"We are proud of our manufacturing facilities' efforts to achieve the Energy Star certification again this year," said Joanna Bambeck, Honda North America environmental unit leader. "Honda is constantly looking for ways to improve our operational energy efficiency. Our facilities all contribute new ideas and methods to reduce our energy needs, and this culture is ultimately what will ensure our energy sustainability."
The 2.8-million-square-foot East Liberty plant expanded its use of LED lighting and ushered two new high-efficiency, 1,350-ton chillers into service in 2016, helping the plant reduce its carbon-dioxide emissions by 432 metric tons.
The Honda plant in Greensburg, Indiana, continued its goal of energy efficiency by modifying its compressed air storage system, allowing for maximum performance of air compressors.
The new Honda Heritage Center uses a new building management system to control lighting usage and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). The center also employs carbon-dioxide sensors to manage the amount of outside air brought into the facility, reducing the energy needed to cool or heat the air.
For more information, visit www.energystar.gov.