Honda MPE Australia commends the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Heritage Council (EPHC) for releasing an impact statement to address emissions from non-road spark ignition engines and equipment.
“We thank the EPHC for taking this first step to reduce the level of emissions from engines used in the gardening sector and marine sector in this country,” said Vikram Pawah, Honda Australia’s General Manager, Power Equipment and Marine. “The Council has done some really wonderful and thorough work in analysing the impact high polluting products have on the users and the public in terms of their health”, commented Mr Pawah who also explained that much of equipment on the market is made up of two-stroke engine products, while the remainder is powered by a mixture of four-stroke engines and other hybrid engines.
With current small engine technology, two-stroke motors rely on gas and air to carry a thin oil film to critical components to keep the engine lubricated and operational. As a result the emissions from two-stroke engines often carry more levels of Hydrocarbons (HC), Nitrous Oxides (NOx) and Carbon Monoxides (CO). Standards in emissions of HC and NOx gases per kilowatt hour in small engines have existed in North America and Europe for some time, with Australia now following suit.
Honda offers a complete range of four-stroke power equipment including lawnmowers, brushcutters, tillers and the world's first four-stroke hedgecutter and leaf blower and is also one of the few companies to offer only 4-stroke marine outboards in its range of products.