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Nissan cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 22.4pc

Nissan Motor has cut its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 22.4 per cent over the past decade, the automaker said in its annual Sustainability Report.

Nissan’s success in reducing emissions, promoting zero-emission vehicles and saving energy at its facilities has made it the highest-performing automotive company tracked by the Carbon Disclosure Project, which works with thousands of companies to tackle climate change.

Hitoshi Kawaguchi, Nissan chief sustainability officer, said: “We aim to deliver further environmental progress in addition to promoting all electric vehicles and pursuing efficiency, on energy and resource diversity, efficiency and recycling in the current year, as part of the Nissan Green Program. This reflects the continued efforts of all Nissan employees and partners, in line with our mid-term corporate objectives.”

Improvements in sustainability reflect initiatives such as the Nissan Energy Saving Collaboration (NESCO), which measures energy loss at Nissan plants. Last year, the company also formed a new team – Resource NESCO – with a mandate to improve water usage and increase the use of recycled materials by 25 per cent for newly-launched models in fiscal 2016.

Progress on sustainability at Nissan has accelerated thanks to the success of the Nissan Green Program, first introduced in 2002. The most recent version, NGP2016, set ambitious targets to cut Nissan’s environmental impact and resource consumption by 2016.

Nissan’s measures to reduce emissions include the following:

•    Nissan UK has installed 19,000 solar panels to join 10 wind turbines at its Sunderland plant, generating enough power to build more than 31,000 cars every year. The power derived from the solar panels and wind turbines accounts for 7 per cent of the plant’s total usage.

•    Nissan Mexico’s use of renewable energy sources, including wind power energy and biomass, accounts for 50 per cent of the energy used at the Aguascalientes plant since 2013.

•    Among new methods to increase clean energy use in Japan by 8 per cent to 16 per cent, Nissan improved energy procurement at manufacturing plants that require a large volume of electricity, including the Technical Center, Tochigi Plant, Oppama Plant, Yokohama Plant and Zama Operation Center.

Efforts to reduce energy consumption and emissions at facilities coincided with continued innovation in the development of zero-emission vehicles.

Nissan was among the first auto makers to address the world’s environmental concerns, as well as the expectations of the next generation of customers, with the launch of the LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV).

The Sustainability Report details the achievements of Nissan’s eight sustainability strategies, covering environment, safety, philanthropy, quality, value chain, employees, economic contribution, corporate governance and internal controls.- TradeArabia News Service

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