Environment-friendly electricity procurement increased(2016/3/28)

2015 CO2 emissions reduced by 23,000 tons

Working toward a low-carbon society is a top priority within Nissan’s mid-term environmental action plan, Nissan Green Program 2016. In fiscal year 2015, Nissan reduced CO2 emissions by 23,000 tons (based on fiscal year 2014 CO2 emissions coefficient from electric power companies) by procuring low-cost electricity. Nissan was registered as a Power Producer and Supplier in 2010 and its qualification was transferred to a group company, Nissan Trading (NITCO PPS), in February 2015.

PPS electricity

In April 2013, Nissan began procuring low-cost electricity with lower CO2 emissions, supplying about 19 million kWh per year of electricity to four offices: Nissan Global Headquarters (Yokohama), Sagamihara Parts Center, Nissan Education Center (Ichisawa) and Nissan Global Training Center (Kanazawa-hakkei). In October that year, Nissan increased its procurement of electricity to also supply about nine million kWh per year of power to 66 Kanagawa Nissan dealer outlets.

In fiscal year 2014, Nissan affiliate Calsonic Kansei also started procuring from PPS. In 2015, a total of eleven offices were supplied with about 55 million kWh of electricity.

Further contributing to reduced CO2 emissions, starting in the second half of 2013 NITCO PPS and other PPS also supply a total of 122 million kWh to more than 1,000 outlets of 62 Nissan sales companies in Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, Kyushu, Chugoku and Shikoku areas.

Mix Supply Scheme: A new method of electricity procurement

Nissan previously used a general method, in which each office procured energy from either a major electricity supplier or PPS. Although procuring through PPS results in lower CO2 emissions, manufacturing plants that require a large volume of electricity (767 million kWh per year) needed to procure electricity from a major electric power supplier.

Aiming to further reduce CO2 emissions while ensuring a stable supply of large-capacity electricity, Nissan introduced a new way to procure electricity, called the Mix Supply Scheme. Launched in December 2014 at large-scale workplaces such as plants, electricity is supplied from both major electric power suppliers and PPS.

Nissan launched the scheme at eight workplaces, including the Technical Center, Tochigi Plant, Oppama Plant, Yokohama Plant and Zama Operation Center. In addition, eight offices of Nissan affiliates, including Nissan Shatai, Nissan Kohki and Calsonic Kansei, also adopted the scheme. The introduction of the scheme also reduced costs.

The results

In 2015, more than 70 percent of the total amount of electricity used at Nissan and its affiliates in Kanto region (roughly 1,233 million kWh), was procured either through PPS or the Mix Supply Scheme. This, plus the introduction of PPS in areas outside Kanto, resulted in a reduction of about 23,000 tons of CO2 (based on actual CO2 emissions coefficient for fiscal year 2014)–three percent more than a year earlier. In addition, the rate of renewable energy usage was increased from eight percent before the introduction of PPS and Mix Supply Scheme to 16 percent.

Nissan continues to aim to further reduce CO2 emissions to meet the goals of Nissan Green Program 2016.

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