Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. published its annual Sustainability Report showing that the global automaker’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have fallen by 22.4% over the past decade.
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% 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.