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Honda plants 85,000 trees to store carbon near Ohio operations

Honda's goal of zero environmental impact by 2050 includes achieving carbon neutrality for all products and company activities and using 100 percent renewable energy. To that end, Honda is planting 85,000 trees in Union County, Ohio, as part of the company's latest efforts to improve biodiversity and reduce its environmental footprint.

The trees planted by Honda are native to Ohio and include hazelnut, hickory, maple, oak and sycamore, all of which contribute to the local agroforestry system. (Photos: American Honda)

The 85,000 trees, which will be planted on 100 acres of Honda-owned land along Flat Branch Creek near its plants and development centers in Marysville and East Liberty, will enhance the company's carbon sequestration efforts, enhance existing riparian buffers and provide a home for a diverse population Group of people serve insects, animals, birds and plants. The native trees will be known as the “Honda Power of Dreams Forest.”

As part of this work, Honda has partnered with a local farmer to implement USDA agricultural conservation practices that will help improve water quality in Flat Branch Creek. Honda is also working with a neighboring farm to develop a tree-based system that focuses on maple trees for syrup production. Not only does this create another sustainable local source of maple syrup, but it is also consistent with the farm's existing agricultural activities and the environmental efforts Honda promotes. Ultimately, the syrup is made available for sale at a local farmers market, further strengthening local sustainability.

“These trees represent the power of our Honda employees’ dreams, who have found a beneficial way to sequester carbon and support Ohio’s water quality goals,” said Larry Geise, executive vice president of Honda Development & Manufacturing of America. Initiatives like this will not only help Honda achieve our goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, but will also help improve the local ecosystem and support local farms.”

Honda recently held a celebratory event with employees and state officials where they planted a tree to symbolize efforts to improve biodiversity and carbon sequestration in the region.

The trees planted by Honda are native to Ohio and include hazelnut, hickory, maple, oak and sycamore, all of which contribute to the local agroforestry system. Honda is also exploring how to make the maple and hazelnut trees available to Honda employees who want to use the syrup and nuts from these perennial plantings.

“This project underscores Governor DeWine’s commitment to enhancing Ohio’s richest natural resource,” said Anne Vogel, director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. “These trees will act as a natural filtration system and ensure the water in the streams remains clean and healthy. Today’s event reflects Honda’s concrete investment in this local community where the company has established roots.”

To reduce the environmental impact of its operations, Honda also offsets the carbon emissions of its North American manufacturing operations through long-term virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) for renewable wind and solar energy, which are designed to cover more than 60% of the electricity Honda uses in North America. Honda also promotes environmentally conscious business practices among its suppliers and retail partners throughout North America.

“This 'Honda Power of Dreams Forest' is representative of what can be done at Honda,” says Joel Agner, tree planting project manager. “If you have a dream and can demonstrate how it serves your customers and strengthens our community, Honda will help you make that dream come true.”

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