Nissan carbon emissions up by 5.5%

Nissan's CO2 emissions increased by 5.5% in the fiscal year 2012, compared with the previous year, according to its sustainability report released today.

The car manufacturer, whose Scope 1 and 2 emissions amounted to 3.27 million tonnes in the same period, claimed the increase was due to “the changes in the electrical power generated in Japan.”

Despite this, last year Nissan managed to reduce its CO2 emissions per global vehicle by approximately 0.62 tonnes, a reduction of 15.2% since 2005.

The company has set a target to lower its new vehicles’ CO2 emissions by 90% between 2000 and 2050.

Nissan reduced its water consumption to 27,585 thousand cubic meters in the fiscal year 2012 compared with the same period in 2011, a reduction of 5.6%.

The company says this reduction, which came despite an increase in global production volume, was due to regional production volume and increased efforts to boost water efficiency.

Nissan president and CEO, Carlos Ghosn said: “Enriching People’s Lives is not just our corporate vision, it’s an important part of our culture and daily business activities.

“Whether we’re taking steps to conserve resources, enhance safety and fuel-efficiency or expand our philanthropic investments, we are working to create economic value and making a positive, lasting impact in every market we serve.”

Nissan also announced last week that its new electric car, the ZEOD R, would become the world’s fastest electric racing car when it debuts at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race.

Conor McGlone

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