Multiple programmes reduce Nissan’s CO2 emissions

Multiple programmes reduce Nissan’s CO2 emissions

Nissan’s latest sustainability report shows a 22.4% reduction in CO2 levels compared to financial year 2005 at Nissan facilities.

The company’s success in reducing emissions, promoting zero-emission vehicles and saving energy at its facilities through multiple programmes has made it the highest-performing automotive company tracked by the Carbon Disclosure Project.

Nissan’s aim is to further promote all electric vehicles forms a component of the Nissan Green Programme.

These 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 – to improve water usage and increase the use of recycled materials by 25% for newly-launched models in 2016.

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

The company’s measures to reduce emissions span: Nissan UK installing 19,000 solar panels to join 10 wind turbines at its Sunderland plant and thereby generate enough power to build more than 31,000 cars every year (the power derived from the solar panels and wind turbines accounts for seven percent of the plant’s total usage); Nissan Mexico’s use of renewable energy sources, including wind power energy and biomass, which accounts for 50% of the energy used at the Aguascalientes plant since 2013; improved energy procurement at manufacturing plants that require a large volume of electricity, including the Technical Centre, Tochigi Plant, Oppama Plant, Yokohama Plant and Zama Operation Centre (these among other new methods to increase clean energy use in Japan by eight percent to 16%); and continued innovation in the development of zero-emission vehicles.

Nissan also took the initiative to launch LEAF, the world’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV). More than 200,000 Nissan LEAFs have been sold since the vehicle was introduced.

The consumer appeal of zero-emission vehicles has been played up by initiatives such as the “No Charge to Charge” programme in the US. This programme, which provides free access to charging stations for two years with the lease or purchase of a new LEAF, has expanded to 15 cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Portland.

In Europe, Nissan partnered with the power management specialist, Eaton, to ensure that the batteries that power electric vehicles work to mitigate the impact of climate change long after the life of the car. This is achieved by creating commercially viable energy storage and control centres that provide a sustainable “second life” for Nissan’s lithium-ion batteries after their automotive usage.

Nissan’s partnership with Enel, Europe’s second-largest power company, is focused on developing an innovative Vehicle 2 Grid system that allows drivers as well as energy users to operate as individual “energy hubs”, with the ability to use, store and return electricity in excess to the grid.

Electricity stored within the LEAF’s high-capacity lithium-ion batteries can be supplied safely and conveniently to a home through the LEAF to Home power supply system.

In financial year 2015, 1,119 charging stations were installed at domestic sites in Nissan throughout Japan to expand EV usage for commuting.

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