Mar 28, 2023

Honda Aircraft Company Demonstrates Technologies for Reducing Carbon Emissions at Sustainable Aviation Forum

From left: GE Aerospace General Manager of Advanced Technologies Arjan Hegeman, Textron Aviation Chief Engineer JD Terry, Honda Aircraft Company Technical Director Kui Ou, The Ohio State University Assistant Professor Matilde D'Arpino
(Photo/The Ohio State University)

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 29, 2023 – Honda Aircraft Company participated in the Sustainable Aviation Forum hosted by The Ohio State University on Tuesday, March 28. The forum brought together industry leaders to discuss the theme of “Transitioning to Low-carbon Aviation,” and Honda Aircraft Company shared its insights on the subject.

During the panel discussion “Cleaner, Quieter, and More Reliable: When Can We Have Low-Carbon Aviation?”, Honda Aircraft Company’s Technical Director, Kui Ou, Ph.D. introduced Honda’s corporate efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, and presented the technological innovations that the HondaJet uses to achieve exceptional fuel efficiency. These include the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) nose and wing, and composite fuselage. Dr. Ou also highlighted Honda Aircraft Company's ongoing research and development (R&D) efforts aimed at further reducing emissions. 

Honda Aircraft Company's disruptive designs and technologies place it at the forefront of the aviation industry’s efforts to lower carbon emissions. The HondaJet Elite II saves nearly 8,000 gallons of fuel and reduces approximately 172,000 pounds of CO2 emissions yearly*1, making it one of the most environmentally responsible aircraft in its class. Moreover, Honda Aircraft continues to invest in technology to enhance the capabilities of the aircraft, allowing customers to reach more destinations while minimizing environmental impact.

“Honda Aircraft Company is dedicated to reducing carbon emissions as an integral aspect of our mission to enhance people's lives through the advancement of mobility," said Kui Ou. "We are excited to collaborate with the aviation industry to develop innovative solutions for low-carbon aviation.”

The Sustainable Aviation Forum is sponsored by Honda, and as part of Honda’s Environment Corporate Social Responsibility pillar, Honda supports the Ohio State University with a contribution towards their Sustainable Aviation Initiative. 

Honda Aircraft Company is committed to advancing sustainable aviation and will continue to work towards achieving its environmental goals through innovation, research, and development.

*1. 300 trips/year


About Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft's world headquarters is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

Honda Aircraft continues to be committed to improving lives through personal mobility, while living in a sustainable society. The HondaJet Elite II remains significantly more fuel efficient, with lower greenhouse gas emissions than all other similarly sized twin-engine business jets. Certified for single pilot operations, the HondaJet Elite II continues to live up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality, and value.

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