June 3, 2013


YOKOHAMA, Japan (June 3, 2013) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today shared the progress report on its recycling/recovery efforts in Japan for fiscal year 2012 (April 2012 to March 2013). Nissan announced its recovery results for Automobile Shredder Residue (ASR), airbag-related products, and fluorocarbons recovered from end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) in accordance with the Japan Automobile Recycling Law※1.

In FY2012, Nissan recovered 114,516.3 tons of the 119,175.2 tons of ASR collected from 549,874 vehicles in Japan - an amount that represents a recovery ratio of 96.1% - which achieves the Japan Automobile Recycling law ASR recovery target rate of 70% by FY2015 for the second year in a row. The recovery ratio for ELVs (actual value) stands at 99.3%※2. Nissan also reduced the amount of ASR-related landfill and incineration disposal to zero※3.

Nissan recovered 1,549,317 airbag-related products from 450,755 vehicles through recovery processing and on-board deployment operations※4. The airbag recycling ratio stood at 93.8%, exceeding the legal requirement of 85%. A total of 145,455.873 kg of fluorocarbons collected from 493,417 vehicles was processed.

The cost of the recycling efforts for these specified materials amounted to 5,651,132,643 yen. Recycling fees and income generated from the fund for vehicle recycling totaled 6,308,336,938 yen, contributing to a net surplus of 657,204,295 yen. From FY2004 to FY2012, the total cost of recycling operations led to a net surplus of 2,100,618,913 yen, an amount that is equivalent to 438 yen per vehicle. For the mid- and long-term forecast, Nissan anticipates the cost of recycling operations to stabilize.

Consistent with the Nissan Green Program 2016, the company's mid-term environmental plan, Nissan will continue efforts to improve its ELV recycling actions to achieve a top-level ELV recovery rate in Japan. With active utilization of ASR recycling facilities, Nissan achieved zero ASR-related disposals to landfill and incineration in FY2012. It will continue to work toward achieving an ASR recovery ratio of 100%.

  1. ※1: The Japan Automobile Recycling Law: Article 27.2 of Automobile Recycling Law and Article 29 of Enforcement Regulations (Law Concerning Recycling Measures of End-of-life Vehicles). The law went into effect on January 1, 2005.
  2. ※2: Basis for calculation: Nissan's recovery ratio for ELVs (actual value) stood at 81.6%, according to materials distributed in May 2003 by the government. The balance of 18.4% represents ASR recovery. At an 81.6% recovery rate for ASR (18.4%), the combined effective recovery rate is calculated at 99.3%.
    Recovery Rate 99.3% = 81.6%+ (18.4% x 96.1%).
  3. ※3: Excludes disposal of residues produced at the time of recycling at ASR recycling facilities which conform to the standards.
  4. ※4: On-board deployment operations: One of the methods for airbag recycling is when airbags are left on the vehicle to be activated later.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 267,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.


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