The solar panels installed at our Global Headquarters
Nissan is promoting CO2 emission management at all business locations and dealerships in Japan, as well as at bases of operations in North America, Europe and China. In all four of these markets the aim is to slash emissions by 1% each year from fiscal 2010. At our offices, we have improved the video and telephone conference facilities, and we use Microsoft's Office Live Meeting web conferencing service to bring participants in multiple locations together when they need to share documents. This not only lessens the number of business trips needed but also improves workplace efficiency and reduces costs.
In Japan we are undertaking a broad range of efforts. For instance, in February 2012 we moved to a paperless system to replace the pay slips that had been distributed to all employees previously. These slips can now be downloaded via the Internet and viewed on computers or mobile phones. Many of our dealers, meanwhile, are making efforts to save energy, including the use of highly efficient air-conditioning, insulation films, ceiling fans and LED lighting.
Recognized "S" ranking under CASBEE
Global Headquarters in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Nissan Advanced Technical Development Center, in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Using the ISO 14001 management processes for evaluating environmental impact, Nissan seeks to optimize its building specifications in the construction and refurbishing stages. Our evaluation metrics in this area include buildings with a smaller environmental footprint, such as lower CO2 emissions; construction methods that produce less waste and emissions; and reduced use of hazardous materials and other quality control tasks. Ongoing improvements are made through the PDCA cycle.
In Japan we also use a performance index, Comprehensive Assessment System for Built Environment Efficiency (CASBEE), defined by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Among Nissan's current business facilities, the Nissan Advanced Technology Center (NATC) in Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, and our Global Headquarters in the city of Yokohama have earned CASBEE's highest "S" ranking. The Global Headquarters, in particular, scored a Built Environment Efficiency rating of 5.6, which is a high score of CASBEE rating for a new construction, earning it the distinction as one of the most environment-friendly and efficient buildings in Japan. In addition to its thoroughgoing environment-friendly design, it was recognized for its efficient use of natural energy sources, CO2 emissions reductions, recycling of water and drastic waste reductions.