The German biosphere reserves and Honda Germany jointly mitigate climate change and promote sustainable development, through a cooperation established in 2005. Until 2020, Honda plans to reduce its corporate emissions by 30 % as compared to the year 2000. This objective is ambitious, but carbon neutrality and full-fledged sustainability are still beyond that. Thus, the company dovetails its internal carbon-reduction efforts with promoting low-carbon lifestyles and piloting carbon sequestration in the landscape, in and through biosphere reserves. Further partners in this cooperation are EUROPARC Germany and the German Commission for UNESCO.
Blue Skies Award
Honda’s newly established “Blue Skies Award” distinguishes particularly innovative ideas for mitigating climate change in biosphere reserves. A second competition targets schools and youth groups in and around German biosphere reserves. Youth is invited to plan and implement exciting projects related to climate change in cooperation with a biosphere reserve.
Further Areas of Cooperation
Already for several years, Honda has provided German biosphere reserves with hybrid vehicles, boat engines and landscape management technology with low exhaust and noise emissions. In addition, Honda supports individual projects in biosphere reserves such as the rehabilitation of a wetland bog in the Schaalsee biosphere reserve from 2004 until 2009 (Neuendorfer Moor). In the past, the partners cooperated also through organizing the Potsdam Climate Conferences in 2007, 2008 and 2010, together with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and EUROPARC Germany. Honda also helped realizing the presentation of the German biosphere reserves at the German National Garden Exhibition in Schwerin 2009.