Nissan Green Program 2022

Environmental Initiative and Framework


With the world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, communities and the business sector will play growing roles in solving social issues and working to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. The automobile industry, too, faces an increasingly important responsibility to provide value to society by delivering safe, secure and sustainable mobility for all.

Nissan supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

Environmental Principle

The “Corporate Environmental Principle” has been established to enable us to realize Corporate purpose "Driving innovation to enrich people's lives"

Nissan's Environmental Philosophy - Symbiosis of people, vehicles and nature
As we strive to understand the environment better, all of us at Nissan bring to our activities a shared concern for people, society, nature and the earth. This commitment and concern is embodied in every Nissan product and in all of the company's operations, including sales, as the driving force of Nissan's ongoing contributions to a better society.
Ultimate Goal
Manage the environmental dependence/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: ”Sincere Eco-Innovator”
Sincere: To address proactively the environmental challenges and reduce the impact on the environment.
Eco-innovator: In order to develop a sustainable mobility society, we will provide customers with innovative technology in our products and services.
Key Issues and Challenge
On top of being compliant, we strive for the continuous improvement of the following issues based on social needs and long term vision:
·Climate Change ~Carbon Neutral~
Promote society's de-carbonization through expansion of electrification, vehicle intelligence and innovative future Monozukuri.
·Resource Dependency ~No new material resource use~
Create a system that uses resources efficiently and sustainably, and promote services to use vehicles more effectively (Circular Economy).
·Air Quality ~Zero impact~
Ensure cleaner exhaust emissions and create a comfortable in-cabin environment to protect human health and to reduce the impact on the ecosystem.
·Water Scarcity ~Zero stress~
Reduce water consumption and manage water quality with Monozukuri that cares for ecosystem services.

Nissan’s Environmental Initiatives

To realize the promise of its environmental philosophy “a Symbiosis of People, Vehicles and Nature,” Nissan has promoted a series of midterm environmental action plans under the name “Nissan Green Program (NGP).” Under NGP2016, our previous plan, the company continued taking steps toward its ultimate goal of reducing environmental dependence and impact to levels that nature can absorb. The targets set for four key initiatives under the program, “Zero-emission vehicle penetration”, “Fuel-efficient vehicle expansion”, “Corporate carbon footprint minimization”, and “Natural resource use minimization” were fully achieved.

Materiality Assessment

The automotive industry is subject to environmental regulations and standards around the world, covering areas like CO2 and other exhaust emissions. This also includes energy, fuel efficiency, noise, material resources, water, chemical substances, waste and recycling. As regulations become more stringent each year, consumer needs and interests concerning environmental performance are also changing.

To meet these demands, Nissan uses materiality assessments to analyze potential opportunities and risks. The company identifies the issues of utmost importance for Nissan and its stakeholders, and sets the necessary policies and targets for solving them on a priority basis and incorporate them into its environmental strategy.

In setting action plans and objectives for NGP2022, Nissan considered medium- to long-term environmental forecasts and engaged in dialogue with external experts, investors, organizations and alliance partners, alongside internal analysis of potential opportunities and risks, to identify four key environmental issues for both the company and its stakeholders: “Climate Change”, “Air Quality”, “Resource Dependency” and “Water Scarcity”.

Environmental materiality corresponds to the objectives of the SDGs, and Nissan's approach contributes to the realization of the SDGs.

*MaaS(Mobility as a Service): Car sharing and other mobility services that do not require actual car ownership.

A Holistic Approach to Material Environmental Issues

NGP2022: A Further Evolution

"NGP2022" will accelerate efforts to address environmental issues, and at the same time strengthen the business foundation and work on creation of social value. Specifically, we will promote the development of electric vehicles (EV) through "Nissan Intelligent Mobility", technological innovation of manufacturing, maximization of the value and utilization of resources and cars, and innovative technologies and services. We aim to realize the establishment of a new relationship among mobility, people and society.

Environmental governance

Nissan continues to promote solid governance through its Global and Regional Environmental Management Committees (G-EMC and Regional EMCs). Executives meet regularly to discuss the progress of action plans under NGP2022, as well as emerging material risks, and corporate opportunities that should be implemented in the future plans.

NGP2022 framework and action plan

Activities NGP2022 Objectives
Climate change (Product)
Long-term vision: Realize carbon neutrality by 2050
1 Product CO2 emission reduction

40% reduction of CO2 emissions from new cars (vs. FY2000; Japan, U.S., Europe and China)
2 Solid EV leadership -
3 Support driver’s behavior Pilot program with connected cars
4 Expansion of vehicle usage Global expansion of V2X for energy management (Japan, U.S. and Europe)
Climate change (Corporate)
Long-term vision: Realize carbon neutrality by 2050
5 Overall reduction of CO2 emissions from corporate activities 30% reduction of CO2 emissions per vehicles sold (vs. FY2005, global)
6 Reduction of CO2 emissions at manufacturing sites 36% reduction of CO2 emissions per vehicles produced (vs. FY2005, global)
7 Reduction of CO2 emissions of logistics 12% reduction of CO2 emissions per production (vs. FY2005; Japan, North America, Europe and China)
8 Reduction of CO2 emissions at offices (including R&D sites) 12% reduction of CO2 emissions per floor areas (vs. FY2010)
9 Reduction of CO2 emissions at dealers 12% reduction of CO2 emissions per floor areas (vs. FY2010; Japan)
10 Expansion of renewable energy use Expansion of renewable energy introduction
Air quality
11 Cabin air quality improvement Promotion of research on technical solutions
12 Reduction of VOC emissions at manufacturing sites Promotion of VOC emission reduction per paint areas vs. FY2010
Resource dependency
Long-term: Reduce dependency on new materials by 70%
13 Development of bio-material Promotion of research on technical solution
14 Proper use of chemical substances Implementation of the Alliance policy on chemical substance management
15 New resource usage minimization 30% reduction of new natural resource usage per vehicle
16 Expansion of remanufactured parts Duplation of remanufactured item coverage (vs. FY2016)
17 Expansion of battery reuse Expansion of the EV battery reuse business
18 Adoption of die-less forming Plan and implement technical development
19 Waste reduction (manufacturing) BAU 2% (Japan) and BAU 1% (overseas) reduction of waste
20 Wastes to landfill reduction
Landfill ratio reduction
Water scarcity
21 Water withdrawal reduction
21% reduction of water withdrawal per global production (vs. FY2010)
Business foundations
22 Governance enhancement Implementation of our environmental compliance policy
23 Further application of LCA Measure life-cycle environmental impact of vehicle and new technology
24 Engagement with suppliers Implementation of environment data survey to promote engagement and reduce environmental impact
25 THANKS activities promotion Further promotion of Supplier THANKS activities
26 Nissan Green Purchasing Guidelines Adoption of updated policy
27 Education program for next-generation Global expansion of Nissan Waku-Waku Eco school program
28 Collaboration with NGOs for ecosystem conservation Enhancement of collaboration and partnerships with NGOs