Lowest Environmental Impact Begins Operations in Brazil(2014/4/23)

In February 2014, the Resende Plant in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, began operations. It has the lowest environmental impact of any plant in the Nissan Group.

Hydropower provides around 80% of Brazilís electricity, making it an ideal country for sustainable manufacturing practices. Nissan has adopted the cutting-edge production technologies at the Resende Plant, reducing CO2 emissions during the manufacturing process. One key approache is Nissanís three-wet paint process. Approximately 30% of all CO2 emissions from plants come from the painting process. Shortening or eliminating baking stages within this process brings about a reduction in emissions. The three-wet paint process adopted by Nissan does away with the need to bake in between the primer layers and the topcoat layers. Instead, the layers are applied successively before baking, achieving a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 30%. Also, the robots use cartridges for the painting that reduce the waste of paint and solvents, reducing the emission of volatile organic components (VOCs), making the operation more environmentally friendly.

Around the facility, a ďGreen BeltĒ will be built with 9,000 plants, helping to neutralize CO2 emissions while also reducing noise levels for the surrounding environment. Wetlands will be created within the Green Belt to contribute to maintaining the balance of the local ecosystem.

The plantís consideration for the environment is not limited to its emission reductions. Waste products are carefully separated in a plan aiming to achieve 100% recycling of materials. Nissan has also set targets to manage water usage in the production process.
Nissanís environmentally friendly Resende Plant produces the March for customers in the rapidly expanding Brazilian market.

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