Nissan has become the first Japanese automaker to join the ‘Race to Zero’ campaign.
As part of the announcement it also flagged accelerating the company’s full electrification and carbon neutrality goals.
Nissan additionally signed the campaign’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment, aligning Nissan with the goal to keep global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Nissan has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a requirement for participation in the campaign.
Joining the initiative means that Nissan’s carbon reduction targets have been validated by the SBTi, ensuring that they are aligned to the latest climate models.
“Through joining the SBTi and participating in these campaigns, we are renewing our determination to work with like-minded companies and local governments around the world to solve the challenges of climate change and realise a sustainable society,” said Makoto Uchida Nissan President and CEO.
“To accelerate global efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, Nissan will continue to address various issues in a responsible manner, including further promotion of electrification. Also at Nissan we are determined to fulfil our role as a company that will continue to be needed by our stakeholders in the future.”
Earlier this year Nissan pledged to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050.
Nissan is looking to accelerate these efforts through initiatives like Nissan EV36Zero – the manufacturing blueprint combining electric vehicle production, battery manufacturing and renewable energy generation.
Central to Nissan’s carbon neutrality plans is its rollout of electrified vehicles and technologies.
This began in 2010 and continues today with the expansion of Nissan’s unique e-POWER technology and new fully electric vehicles.
Nissan is aiming for 100 per cent of is all-new vehicle offerings to be electrified in the key markets of Japan, China, the United States and Europe by the early 2030s.
“By aligning with climate science, Nissan is making a clear declaration that it is ready and willing to play its part in achieving the Paris Agreement,” said Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Managing Director and co-founder of SBTi.
“All other companies worldwide must take immediate action to increase their climate ambitions and support the global economy to significantly reduce emissions and achieve net-zero before 2050.”
Further to the development of new vehicles and technologies, Nissan states it will continue its work with partners globally in innovating and developing the electric ecosystem around electric vehicles, covering renewable energy generation, energy storage, second life uses for EV batteries and continued development of the ‘4R’ business model – Reuse, Refabricate, Resell, Recycle – for the benefit of communities.