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Less is More: NESCO Cuts CO2 Footprint

Yokohama – September 10 – Meet the NESCO team, global experts tasked with achieving CO2 reduction based on the Nissan Green Program (NGP) 2016.

In 2011, Nissan announced the NGP, a set of goals embodying the company’s environmental philosophy: Symbiosis of People, Vehicles and Nature.

Nissan made great strides in reducing CO2 emissions and improving sustainability in its global corporate activities in fiscal year 2014 while simultaneously increasing vehicle production and plant energy efficiency. The company achieved a 22.6-percent cut in CO2 compared to fiscal year 2005, achieving the goal of a 20-percent reduction during that period.

Established in 2002, NESCO (Nissan Energy Saving Collaboration) efforts are underway across the globe.

The team evaluates energy usage at plants within each district and contributes to both CO2 and total-delivered-cost reduction. The certified team members use extensive energy-saving training to audit energy sources and facility utilization to determine where there is waste.

The team then proposes kaizen approaches to optimize energy use and efficiency.

The changes may be small, such as installing automatic off switches for lighting, or major moves such as recycling exhaust gas from a painting oven.

NESCO annual surveys began in Japan in 2003, and 2013 in Europe, Mexico and China, to develop ongoing new energy-saving countermeasures.

For example, the team studied iron forging, casting and paint shops and proposed measures to plant management. In fiscal year 2014, NESCO proposed solutions to reduce CO2 emissions by 50,000 tons.

NESCO has also been used at Renault and Alliance plants, including AVTOVAZ, UAG and RSM, while its area of focus will expand to include waste water loss and waste reduction, in addition to energy loss and CO2 reduction.

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