Commitment to the environment is part of Honda's DNA

Caring for the environment. It's probably not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the automotive industry. Perhaps this is why people the whole world over are pleasantly surprised when they learn the truth about Honda. Or more specifically, the truth behind Honda's commitment to the environment.

Whether it's leading the automotive industry by establishing CO2 emissions reduction targets, our expertly crafted i-VTEC engines that make the most out of fuel or developing a car that only emits water, you'll be pleased to learn all the innovative things Honda continues to do.

Environmental technology in use today

Honda is really proud of all the innovative things it's doing today. Our cars are more respectful of Mother Nature thanks to the i-VTEC engine, and the many years we've spent tirelessly perfecting it. In terms of hybrids, the Honda CR-Z is the most exciting in its field, a beautiful, sporty car with an environmental soul. And wait until you learn about Eco Assist, a unique system that tells you exactly how fuel-efficient your driving is – as you drive!

White Honda CR-Z

Honda's fuel efficient
i-VTEC engines

Honda's signature i-VTEC engine
is the result of years of research. This intelligent system varies
valve timing during start up and acceleration, then delays intake valve closure timing during
cruising and other low-load conditions.

The result?
Maximum fuel economy
and performance.

i-VTEC engines in our range

Developing cars with
respect to planet Earth

Honda is working to minimise the impact of its manufacturing operations on the global environment, and seeking to enhance cooperation with local communities. These are the goals of our worldwide Green Factory initiative.

Learn more about Honda's environmental production initiatives.

Honda's newest hybrid
– the sporty CR-Z

The accolades for the Honda CR-Z include Wheels Car of the Year in 2011 . Recognised for both its beauty and brains, the CR-Z features:

  • 1.5L i-VTEC engine with IMA
  • 3-mode driving sytem with ECON mode and Eco Assist System
  • Award winning design

Visit the CR-Z showroom.

Engine Fuel consumption CO2 emissions
i-VTEC specification litres per 100km combined grams per km
Sport 1.5 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 5.0 4.7 118 111 learn more
Luxury 1.5 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 4.7 111 learn more
GLi 1.3 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 5.8 6.6 138 157 learn more
VTi 1.5 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 6.4 6.7 151 159 learn more
VTi-S 1.5 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 6.7 159 learn more
VTi 1.5 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 6.3 6.6 148 156 learn more
VTi-L 1.5 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 6.6   156 learn more
VTi 1.8 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 6.8 6.7 161 158 learn more
VTi-L /LN 1.8 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 6.7 158 learn more
Sport 2.0 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 7.5 178 learn more
Hybrid 1.5 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 4.4 104 learn more
VTi-S 1.8 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 6.1 6.5 146 155 learn more
VTi-L 1.8 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 6.5 155 learn more
VTi 1.3 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 4.3 103 learn more
VTi-L 1.3 litres, 4 cylinder SOHC 4.3 103 learn more
2WD 2.0L 2.0 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 7.8 7.7 182 179 learn more
4WD 2.4L 2.4 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 8.7 201 learn more
VTi 2.4 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 8.7 207 learn more
VTi Luxury 2.4 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 8.7 207 learn more
V6 Luxury 3.5 litres, 6 cylinder SOHC 9.9 235 learn more
Euro 2.4 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 8.7 8.5 207 202 learn more
Luxury 2.4 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 8.7 8.5 207 202 learn more
Luxury Navigation 2.4 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 8.5 202 learn more
Odyssey 2.4 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 8.9 212 learn more
Luxury 2.4 litres, 4 cylinder DOHC 8.9 212 learn more
3.7 litres, 6 cylinder SOHC 10.7 255 learn more

Note: The fuel consumption figures quoted above are based on ADR81/02 combined test results. You may experience different results depending on driving conditions.

Introducing Eco Assist

Take your driving to the next level with Honda's Eco Assist. Part system, part game, Eco Assist is designed to show you how fuel efficiently you're driving, while encouraging you to be good!

You'll notice the digital speedometer change colours as you drive. Green means you're being good, and blue means you could be doing better. It gives you live feedback on how you're driving as you're driving.

When you drive economically, flowers within the dash display begin to grow and, at the end of each journey, you're awarded an ECO score for good driving.

And when you're done, Eco Assist will let you know how you're going with your overall,long-term, fuel- efficient driving, giving you an Eco score that hopefully you'll be proud of.

Honda's playful hybrid, the Honda Insight uses
over a third less fuel than other small cars*

*Based on the average fuel consumption of all new vehicles in the small car segment. Source: JATO Dynamics, VFACTS: August 2010.

A future of blue skies for our children

Through research, Honda strives to develop new environmental and energy technologies and bring them to market as quickly as possible. We contribute to the sustainability of our society by reducing the environmental impact of our products and addressing the transportation needs of our customers.

The zero-emission car:
the FCX Clarity

What if there was a car that only emitted water? There is: the Honda FCX Clarity.This amazing car is:

  • Propelled by a groundbreaking hydrogen fuel cell stack
  • Smooth, quiet and powerful
  • Up to 3x more efficient than a petrol-powered vehicle

It was no surprise after it's launch that the FCX Clarity was named the 2009 World Green Car. It's in limited release overseas (this model is not yet available in Australia).

The FCX Clarity
is the world's first
vehicle to feature Honda's original plant-based Honda Bio-Fabric in its interior.

Biomass fuel development

In a collaborative research effort, Honda and RITE have established the basic technology to produce ethanol fuel from cellulose and hemicellulose, both found in soft-biomass, including inedible leaves and stalks of plants, such as straw. Up until now, such soft-biomass represented a challenge to convert to ethanol. This new process represents a large step forward for the practical application of soft-biomass as a fuel source.

Electrical Vehicle Concept

Honda was one of the pioneers in developing electric vehicles, beginning in the 1980s. Recently, it unveiled its battery-powered 'Fit EV Concept' electric vehicle. Launching first in Japan and the US, it will be powered by the latest lithium-ion battery. It will offer outstanding environmental performance with zero emissions in operation.

Future mobility

Honda U3-X mobility device

Honda and innovation go hand in hand. In 2010, we revealed the U3-X: a one-wheeled device. Our Walking Assist device showcased at the 'Design Innovation' Exhibition in New York. And ASIMO, our well loved robot continues to enthrall and amaze.

Honda's environmental heritage

From its early days, Honda has been implementing proactive measures to help solve environmental challenges. While the need for action on a global scale only finally became clear to all in the middle of the 1980's, our efforts go all the way back to the 1960's when concerns for air pollution first started to grow. As we continue our ongoing efforts, we have set for ourselves clear numerical targets to help preserve our environment and strive to be ‘a company society wants to exist' through leadership in environmental and energy technologies.

Reduce, recycle and reuse

In Australia and worldwide, Honda works to achieve sound environmental practices at all levels of production, including the extensive use of recycled and recyclable materials.

Honda Australia has partnered with Australian Composite Technologies (ACT) in a recycling initiative which reprocess obscelete parts into composite fence posts,bollards and other products.

Honda Australia complies with ISO 14001, the International Standard for Environmental Management Systems.

CO2 emission targets

In 2006, in order to address climate change, Honda led the automotive industry by establishing worldwide CO2 emission reduction targets and implementing initiatives to attain them.

Believing that the internal combustion engine will remain the principal source of mobility power until at least the year 2020, Honda views fuel efficiency and fuel economy enhancement as a key issue.

Learn more about Honda Australia's Environmental Policy.

CO2 emissions over the life cycle of a vehicle (example based on 06 Civic)

Driving: 83%, Production: 6%, Other factors (servicing etc): 11%

Honda's longtime environmental
pledge is to leave blue skies for our children, as initiated in 1966 by Honda's founder, Soichiro Honda.