http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKLPXvZytIsIn the entire car manufacturing process, the paint process consumes the most energy and according to a Honda senior staff engineer, Shubho Bhattacharya, it consumes about 60% of a typical car factory’s energy consumption.
With the help of his fellow Honda engineers, Bhattacharya came up with a new algorithm for the paint process which reduces energy consumption from painting operations by approximately 25%. This will reduce about 10,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year at Honda’s seven factories in North America. The beauty of the whole thing is that no expensive retooling is required.
The patented Intelligent Paint Technology was implemented at the Marysville Auto Plant in 2008 and has been applied in Honda plants throughout North America. The above film is the first of a series of video that highlights Honda’s environmental innovation in North America, focusing not only on the company’s efforts at developing more fuel-efficient, low emissions vehicles, but also its associates’ efforts to minimize the impact of the company’s manufacturing and logistics operations.
Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions. In 2011, the company set a new CO2 emission reduction targets for Year 2020 which includes a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from its products compared with 2000’s levels. It also has twelve LEED-Certified "Green Buildings" in North America, leading all other car manufacturers.