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Nissan’s Understanding of Environmental Issues

Environmental and social issues are attracting more and more attention in recent years. With the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, society faces problems in areas such as poverty and hunger, energy, climate change and various conflicts. To address these issues, the United Nations adopted a resolution in September 2015 titled “Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The Agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, and there are high expectations that corporations as well as nations will play a major role in realizing the SDGs. Nissan supports the SDGs, as it recognizes the growing importance of delivering safe, secure and sustainable mobility for all and providing value to society.
The auto industry is dependent on the global environment in complex and diverse ways, while also having significant impact on the environment. Nissan is tackling a range of issues to promote sustainability by advancing measures to mitigate climate change and conserve energy, preserve air quality and other natural capital, use mineral resources efficiently, properly manage chemical substances, efficiently allocate scarce resources and promote good health. We are also restructuring our business to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
As a global automaker, we take active steps to identify the direct and indirect environmental impacts of our activities, working with business partners and society to minimize the negative impacts of our products and services throughout their lifecycle. We acknowledge that our activities and efforts must be continuously improved and advanced; we seek to provide greater value to society by delivering sustainable mobility for all while alleviating environmental impacts associated with climate change, resource dependency, water use and other issues.
We decide which environmental priorities we address and to what degree based on social trends, materiality assessment results and consultations with various stakeholders.

  • Click here for more information on how Nissan supports the SDGs.
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Nissan’s Steps to Address Environmental Issues

To positively contribute to the resolution of global environmental issues, Nissan believes in the importance of listening to diverse voices in society and undertaking an assessment process to identify priority issues. These materiality assessments involve analyzing latent opportunities and risks, determining material issues that are of mutual relevance to Nissan and our stakeholders and drafting medium- to long-term environmental strategies.
In assessing environmental materiality, we applied the methods of the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review (ESR),* developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in cooperation with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Meridian Institute based on the U.N. Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA). As a result, we specified three priority areas on which we should focus as an automaker: Procurement of Energy, Procurement of Material Resources and Usage of Water Resources. A fourth area that is linked directly to people’s health—Air Quality—was cited as being within the scope of consideration, as the swelling of urban populations and economic development are often accompanied by deteriorating air quality. These four areas were analyzed in-house in terms of opportunities and risks for Nissan with reference to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, centered on the SDGs, as well as the discussions at the World Economic Forum, the Paris Agreement adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) and other global agendas. Through direct discussions with international environmental experts, investors and NGOs/NPOs, as well as through separate dialogues with our Alliance partners, we subsequently identified Climate Change, Resource Dependency, Air Quality and Water Scarcity as our four key pillars.
We further analyzed these key environmental issues and their subcategories in terms of importance for our stakeholders and relevance for Nissan. Mind maps were created reflecting these priorities. In order to create new value by contributing to the resolution of the four environmental issues, we are actively strengthening our business foundations through continuous stakeholder dialogues.

  • Click here to read “Ecosystem Services and the Automotive Sector,” a report outlining the conclusions of the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review conducted by Nissan.

Materiality Matrix (Environment)

Nissan relevance
High Very high Extremely high
  • Electrification
  • Energy efficiency at facilities
  • Emissions from products, in-cabin air quality
  • Human health
  • Fuel economy
  • Transition and physical risks induced by climate change
  • Introduction of renewable energy at facilities
  • Emissions from facilities
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • Material sourcing
  • Resource efficiency
  • Wastewater and landfill management
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Chemical substance management
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Promotion and development of MaaS (Mobility as a Service)*
  • Water use at facilities
  • Ecosystem services and biodiversity
  • MaaS: Car sharing and other mobility services that do not require actual car ownership.
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Environmental Principles

Nissan’s Environmental Philosophy: A Symbiosis of People, Vehicles and Nature

In addition to deepening our understanding of the environment, we conduct all of our operations, including production and sales, with consideration for people, society, nature and the Earth, as a means of contributing to the building of a better society.

Ultimate Goal

We will manage the environmental impact caused by our operations and products to a level that can be absorbed by nature and pass on rich natural capital to future generations.

What We Want to Be: A Sincere Eco-Innovator

Sincere: Proactively address environmental challenges and reduce our impact on the environment.
Eco-Innovator: Develop a sustainable mobility society through innovative technology in products and services.

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Global Environmental Management Framework and Governance System

Environmental Action Plan: Nissan Green Program 2022

  • Click here for more information on NGP2022.
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Key Issues and Challenges

Under NGP2022, we will address the following key issues, striving not just to attain compliance but also to meet society’s expectations and to realize our long-term vision.

Climate Change: We aim for carbon neutrality
Promote society’s decarbonization through vehicle electrification/intelligence and innovative future monozukuri
Resource Dependency: We aim to eliminate the use of new material resources
Create systems that use resources efficiently and sustainably, and promote services that use vehicles more effectively (circular economy)
Air Quality: We aim for zero impact
Ensure cleaner exhaust emissions and create a comfortable in-cabin environment to protect human health and reduce the impact on ecosystems
Water Scarcity: We aim for zero stress
Reduce water consumption and manage water quality with monozukuri that is considerate of impact and dependency on ecosystems

NGP2022 will contribute to the achievement of our new midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, announced in November 2017.

NGP2022 Action Plan

Activities NGP2022 Objectives FY2018 Results
Climate change (Product)
Long-term vision: Achieve 90% reduction of CO2 emissions from new vehicles by 2050 (vs. 2000)
1 Product CO2 emission reduction 40% reduction of CO2 emissions from new cars (vs. FY2000; Japan, U.S., Europe and China) Reduced by 33.0%
2 Solid EV leadership Launched Nissan LEAF e+. Nissan LEAF retained its position as the world’s best-selling EV, with accumulated sales of 400,000 units
3 Support driver’s behavior Pilot program with connected cars Activities underway
4 Expansion of vehicle usage Global expansion of V2X for energy management (Japan, U.S. and Europe) Promoted expansion of usage
Climate change (Corporate)
Long-term vision: Achieve 80% reduction of CO2 emissions from corporate activities by 2050 (vs. 2005)
5 Overall reduction of CO2 emissions from corporate activities 30% reduction of CO2 emissions per vehicle sold (vs. FY2005; global) Reduced by 31.4%
6 Reduction of CO2 emissions at manufacturing sites 36% reduction of CO2 emissions per vehicle produced (vs. FY2005; global) Reduced by 33.7%
7 Reduction of CO2 emissions of logistics 12% reduction of CO2 emissions per production (vs. FY2005; Japan, North America, Europe and China) Reduced by 14.3%
8 Reduction of CO2 emissions at offices (including R&D sites) 12% reduction of CO2 emissions per floor area (vs. FY2010) Reduced by 12.7%
9 Reduction of CO2 emissions at dealers 12% reduction of CO2 emissions per floor area (vs. FY2010; Japan) Reduced by 12.6%
10 Expansion of renewable energy use Expansion of renewable energy introduction Increased rate of renewable energy use in manufacturing plants to 10.2%
Air quality
11 Cabin air quality improvement Promotion of research on technical solutions Activities underway
12 Reduction of VOC emissions at manufacturing sites Promotion of VOC emission reduction per paint area (vs. FY2010) Reduced by 27.2%
Resource dependency
Long-term vision: Reduce dependency on new materials by 70%
13 Development of biomaterials Promotion of research on technical solution Development underway
14 Proper use of chemical substances Implementation of the Alliance policy on chemical substance management Strengthened Alliance policy and continued steady implementation
15 New resource usage minimization 30% reduction of new natural resource usage per vehicle Promoted activities toward 2022 target
16 Expansion of remanufactured parts Duplation of remanufactured item coverage (vs. FY2016) Promoted activities toward 2022 target
17 Expansion of battery reuse Expansion of the EV battery reuse business Promoted EV battery reuse
18 Adoption of die-less forming Plan and implement technical development Development underway
19 Waste reduction (manufacturing) BAU 2% (Japan) and BAU 1% (overseas) reduction of waste Reduced by 10.2% (Japan)
Reduced by 2.6% (overseas)
20 Waste to landfill reduction (manufacturing) Landfill ratio reduction Reduced waste to landfill ratio to 4.0% (global)
Water scarcity
21 Water withdrawal reduction (manufacturing) 21% reduction of water withdrawal per global production (vs. FY2010) Reduced by 18.7%
Business foundations
22 Governance enhancement Implementation of our environmental compliance policy Adhered to environmental compliance policy
23 Further application of LCA Measure lifecycle environmental impact of vehicle and new technology Continued to reduce environmental impact, including of products with electrification technologies
24 Engagement with suppliers Implementation of environment data survey to promote engagement and reduce environmental impact Improved score ranking by conducting CDP surveys and engaging directly with suppliers
25 THANKS activities promotion Further promotion of Supplier THANKS activities Continued to promote THANKS activities
26 Nissan Green Purchasing Guidelines Adoption of updated policy Made substantial revisions to the Nissan Green Purchasing Guidelines in line with NGP2022, and adhered to updated guidelines
27 Education program for the next generation Global expansion of Nissan Waku-Waku Eco school program Conducted trial activities in Brazil
28 Collaboration with NGOs for ecosystem conservation Enhancement of collaboration and partnerships with NGOs Continued joint projects with WWF and Conservation International