Honda says its continuing effort to minimise the environmental impact of its operations took another step forward as it opened a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuelling station on its property in Troy, Ohio.

The CNG station, which was designed, constructed and will be operated by Trillium CNG, is the second public CNG station located on a Honda property in North America, following one opened at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio in August.

As part of its overall vision to reduce total company CO2 emissions by 50% by the year 2050, Honda is working to minimise the environmental impact of its parts distribution operations through its 'green fleet' programmes. The programme is part of a strategy that has seen Honda reduce the CO2 emissions intensity of its parts shipments by 37% since 2009 and reduce waste sent to landfills from parts distribution centres by 99.3%.

"The American Honda Parts and Service Division is pleased to partner with Trillium on a Natural Gas fuelling option at our Troy, Ohio site," Steven Bailey, vice president, parts operations. "We have been using CNG in California with great success, and testing it in Texas as well. We are very excited about this new opportunity to expand our CNG network and reduce emissions, while maintaining world class delivery service to our dealerships."

The CNG station is located at the intersection of S. Stanfield Rd and Commerce Centre Blvd. in Troy, Ohio, near Honda's parts consolidation and distribution operations. The station will feature two Class 8 dispensers for over-the-road carriers and can also serve customers who drive CNG-fuelled passenger cars as well.

The fully automated station is intended both to provide service to those that have already adopted the use of CNG, and to encourage and facilitate suppliers and logistics partners to adopt and expand its use in the trucks used in support of Honda operations.