Honda's long-standing commitment to the environment has reached new heights with Honda Soletec Co. recently opening a specialist solar cell production plant in Japan.
The wholly-owned Honda solar cell subsidiary is also achieving major reductions of around 50% in running costs throughout the manufacturing process by utilising compounds of copper, indium, gallium and selenium rather than the conventional crystal silicon combination used in other solar cells.
In 2006, Honda cemented it's commitment to reducing its global footprint, announcing a global CO2 reduction target, and escalating its investment in research and development to produce clean energy sources.
According to Honda Power Equipment manager, Ray Briffa, the company has always had a strong environmental focus and is dedicated to product development to aid in this achievement.
"Honda Power Equipment is very mindful of being environmentally responsible in its manufacturing processes and we strive to meet and exceed the world's strictest emissions standards," he said.
"The development of a solar cell production plant is another step to accelerate Honda's efforts to reduce its global impact."
Honda Power Equipment manufacture a diverse range of advanced four-stroke products including lawnmowers, generators, pumps, brushcutters and the world's first four-stroke leaf blower and hedgecutter.
"Honda utilises advanced four-stroke technology, which offers considerably lower exhaust and noise emissions compared to its two-stroke equipment counterparts," Briffa said.
"A four-stroke engine eliminates the need to mix oil and petrol and contributes to ease of use and reduced noise, making for tough and reliable machinery.
"Honda power equipment also carry the 'e-SPEC' logo signifying environmentally responsible technology, including the use of components that can easily be separated and recycled at the end of the product lifecycle, minimising impact," Briffa said.
"The prominence of climate change in recent years in Australia has certainly highlighted the need to be diligent in our approach to the environment, and we are proud to be achieving milestones toward this end."