JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – Honda Energy do Brasil Ltda (Honda Energy), a wind power generation business subsidiary of Japan’s auto producer, Honda, in Brazil, has begun the operation of its wind power generation facility in the city of Xangri-lá in Rio Grande do Sul, the southern most state in Brazil, approximately 1,000 km south of Honda’s current auto production plant in Sumaré, São Paulo.
Honda Energy’s wind farm will be equipped with nine wind power turbine units, and is expected to generate approximately 95,000 MWh of electricity per year, equivalent to Honda’s current annual electricity needed for automobile production in Brazil (approximately 140,000 units).
“By generating renewable energy to cover the electricity needed for the plant, Honda is expecting to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 2,200 t annually,” the company said.
The wind power is the the first automaker in Brazil to start a wind power generation business. Honda Energy said the wind power is part of Honda’s drive to minimize the environmental footprint of its business activities.
Honda Energy built its wind farm with an investment of approximately 100 million Brazilian reais (approximately 4.6 billion yen) or about US$38.8 million
“Since Honda began its business activities in Brazil in 1976, Honda has been cooperating with the local community and striving to minimize the environmental footprint of our production activities,” Carlos Eigi, president of Honda Energy do Brasil Ltda, said.
Under Honda’s global environmental slogan – ‘Blue Skies for Our Children’ – Honda said it will continue to be proactive in pursuing environmental conservation activities in Brazil.
Honda has set a target to reduce CO2 emissions from its global products by 30 percent by the end of 2020 compared to year 2000 levels. To attain this goal, Honda has been strengthening its initiatives on a global basis to reduce CO2 emissions from all business activities, including production and the supply chain. (*)