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Nissan Motor’s newly published annual Sustainability Report shows that the global automaker’s CO2 emissions have fallen by 22.4% over the past decade. CO2 reduction at Nissan facilities improved by 0.6% year-on-year in FY2015.

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% of the plant’s total usage.

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

  • Among new methods to increase clean energy use in Japan by 8% to 16%, 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.

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

The Sustainability Report details achievements in Nissan’s strategies that cover environment, safety, philanthropy, quality, value chain, employees, economic contribution, corporate governance and internal controls.

Improvement in sustainability reflects initiatives such as the Nissan Energy Saving Collaboration (NESCO), which measures energy loss at plants.

Last year, the company also formed a new team—Resource NESCO—to improve water usage and increase use of recycled materials 25% for newly-launched models in fiscal 2016.

Progress on sustainability at Nissan has accelerated due 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.


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