Honda announced that it has become one of only four car sponsors of the COP15 Climate Conference, which takes place in Copenhagen from 7th December to 18th December 2009. The announcement comes after Honda successfully met a series of strict environmental requirements set by the Danish Foreign Ministry.
The sponsorship will see Honda supply the two-week climate summit with a fleet of environmentally friendly new Honda Insight hybrid cars. The FCX Clarity, Honda's ground-breaking, zero emission hydrogen powered fuel cell electric vehicle will also be present at the summit as part of a COP15 showcase - ‘Driving the Future'. The vehicles will be used to transport delegates, VIPS and journalists to key venues around the conference.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Svend Olling, Head of Department at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "In meeting our criteria, Honda has been selected as official sponsor of vehicles for the COP15 Climate Conference. Not only does the sponsorship enable us to lower emissions from the conference itself, but the vehicles also demonstrate technology, which already today can help us in our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions in the transportation sector."
Yuishi Fukuda, President of Nordic Honda A.B. added:
"Honda is proud to have been accepted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an official sponsor of the COP15 Climate Conference. The vehicles on display will demonstrate Honda's commitment to manufacturing products with the highest possible environmental performance, using production systems with the smallest environmental impact. "
In 2006 Honda became the first automobile manufacturer in the world to announce global per-unit CO2 reduction targets for both its products and production activities.