Nissan cuts CO2 emissions from global corporate activities by 2% in 2013; tracking to 20% by 2016 vs. 2005
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. reported reducing CO2 emissions from global corporate activities in fiscal year 2013 while increasing vehicle production by 5.1%. The 2.0% cut in CO2 during the year puts the company on track to achieve its goal of a 20% reduction by fiscal year 2016, compared to 2005.
Nissan set the target in its mid-term environmental action plan, the Nissan Green Program 2016 (NGP2016). CO2 emissions through Nissan’s corporate activities—emissions from global manufacturing, distribution (shipping activities to manufacturing facilities located in Japan, North America, EU, and China, and to retail stores), office activities in Japan, North America, EU, and China, and Japan retail-related company activities—have already been reduced by 15.4% (t-CO2/vehicle) during the program.
Nissan is reducing the environmental impact of its corporate activities through widespread power conservation. Energy procurement is being shifted toward more sustainable sources, like biomass and solar power. For example, in Mexico, Nissan is using wind turbines to help run its Aguascalientes plant.
In Japan, Nissan will increase the amount of renewable energy it buys from 5,200 MWh to four times that amount by fiscal year 2016 through the Power Producers and Suppliers (PPS) system. A result of the deregulation of the energy market in Japan, the PPS system allowed new electricity suppliers and retailers to enter the market, including these that generate power from sustainable sources. The clean electricity will be used in factories and in sales outlets' quick chargers where customers can plug in Nissan LEAF vehicles to recharge their batteries.
Nissan currently is the biggest manufacturer of all-electric vehicles; sales of the Nissan LEAF have reached 120,000 units. Nissan is building on its lead in electric passenger vehicles by launching the e-NV200, an all-electric van in the LCV segment.