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Published on December 7th, 2015 | by Kyle Field


Nissan Receives High Marks For Its Sustainability Efforts

December 7th, 2015 by  

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Nissan Battery Plant | Image Credit: Nissan

COP21 is pushing for action on climate change for the future, and a key part of doing that is recognizing companies that are doing impactful work today. This not only rewards companies already taking action, but sets them up as models for others to look at as they formulate climate action plans.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has ranked Nissan among the top 5% of global corporations participating in the international NPO’s climate change program, and included Nissan on its 113 A-List, Nissan recently reported. Nissan also scored a perfect 100 in the organization’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Like last year, Nissan was the highest-ranked automotive company in Japan. This speaks loudly not only to the work Nissan is doing to counteract climate change with its electric vehicles, but that Nissan has taken a more comprehensive approach to reducing the impact Nissan as a whole has on our planet.

For the 2016 model year, LEAF adds a number of significant enhancements – beginning with a new 30 kWh battery for LEAF SV and LEAF SL models that delivers an EPA-estimated driving range of 107 miles* on a fully charged battery. The range of a LEAF S model is 84 miles, giving buyers a choice in affordability and range.

To determine rankings, CDP works year round to continually improve and provide a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage, and share vital environmental information. For the CDP Climate Change Report this year, the CDP collected and analyzed environmental strategies and CO2 emission-reduction efforts of more than 6,000 corporations. With numbers like these, it is all the more impressive that Nissan ranks so highly on the list.

Nissan received its perfect score as a result of its efforts to work towards the vision of cars with drastically reduced “well-to-wheel” CO2 emissions from its new vehicles by 90% by the year 2050. Nissan was named on the Climate “A” List due to its sales of the world’s top-selling zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions within its manufacturing process were also noted as key contributors to the high ranking. It is impressive to see that even with a purely capitalist motivation for entering the electric car market, a comprehensive sustainable approach is being taken, which shows that Nissan truly understands what is valuable to its consumers.

La compañía alcanzó una reducción del 22.6 por ciento en CO2 comparado con el año fiscal 2005, logrando así su objetivo de reducir las emisiones de CO2 en las actividades corporativas en un 20 por ciento durante ese período.

Image Credit: Nissan

This year, Nissan’s annual sustainability report included results from FY2014, which included increasing energy efficiency at its factories and expanding the implementation of recyclable energy along with other policies. As a result, its corporate carbon footprint was drastically reduced with a 22.6% reduction in CO2 emissions vs. FY2005, which is 2 years earlier than originally forecast.

Check out the Nissan announcement in video form here:



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